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Martinez has season-ending shoulder surgery

Martinez has season-ending shoulder surgery

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MIAMI -- When Cristhian Martinez revealed last week that he was still experiencing some right shoulder discomfort, the Braves gained a sense the right-handed reliever would not pitch again this year. Their belief was verified on Tuesday when Martinez underwent a season-ending surgical procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews cleaned damage around Martinez's labrum and rotator cuff. The Braves announced the recovery time is expected to be seven to eight months.

Martinez revealed last week that he began experiencing more shoulder discomfort during his Minor League rehab assignment. He made just two appearances for Atlanta this year before being placed on the disabled list in early April with what was termed a right shoulder strain.

Martinez compiled a 3.86 ERA in the 120 appearances he has made since joining the Braves' organization in 2010. The 31-year-old right-hander has primarily served as a long reliever.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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