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Moronta's season over with labrum injury

@mi_guardado
September 1, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants’ worst fears about Reyes Moronta were confirmed Sunday after an MRI exam revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Manager Bruce Bochy said surgery is a possibility for Moronta, who will not pitch again this season. “It’s not great news,” Bochy said following the

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants’ worst fears about Reyes Moronta were confirmed Sunday after an MRI exam revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Manager Bruce Bochy said surgery is a possibility for Moronta, who will not pitch again this season.

“It’s not great news,” Bochy said following the Giants’ 8-4 loss to the Padres. “Reyes has a labrum injury. Obviously, he’s going to be out for the year, which is a big blow for us. We’re going to get more tests done, get some more opinions, and we’ll know which way we’re going to go.”

A scary scene unfolded Saturday night after Moronta was forced to depart his outing after throwing only three pitches. The 26-year-old relief ace was summoned to relieve starter Logan Webb with a runner on second base and two outs in a 1-1 game, but he immediately fell to the ground after throwing a 2-0 fastball to Luis Urias, prompting team athletic trainer Anthony Reyes and Bochy to rush out from the dugout.

Moronta appeared to be in significant pain, lying on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field with Reyes clutching Moronta’s right arm.

Moronta has been a key cog in the Giants' bullpen over the last two seasons and entered Saturday with a 2.86 ERA over 56 2/3 innings. He previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 while pitching for Class A Short-Season Salem-Keizer, but Bochy said the Giants don't believe he's reinjured his right elbow.

“That’s tough,” right-hander Jeff Samardzija said. “He was a big guy for us, kind of like an Andrew Miller-type guy that came in and was a stopper. He could get righties out, lefties out. He pitched all the time. Obviously, we wish him the best and hope he can get healthy.”

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.