Cheng Undergoes Surgery for Torn Labrum

Cheng Undergoes Surgery for Torn Labrum

Chi-Hung Cheng had an outstanding season for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2006, and was working hard down in Instructs on his fastball and command, when he felt something wrong with his shoulder and had it checked out. An MRI showed Cheng had torn his labrum, and underwent surgery two weeks ago. Find out from Dick Scott how significant the tear was, the rehab process, when he's expected back.

Chi-Hung Cheng had an outstanding season for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2006, and was working hard down in Instructs on his fastball and command, when he felt something wrong with his shoulder and had it checked out. An MRI showed Cheng had torn his labrum, and underwent surgery two weeks ago. Find out from Dick Scott how significant the tear was, the rehab process, when he's expected back.

Chi-Hung Cheng went 11-5 with a 2.70 ERA in 28 starts for Lansing this past season, while fanning 154 batters in 143 1/3 innings. While his season was a success, he did struggle with his command for a second consecutive season, and was invited to Instructs to work on his command, and his fastball.

However, when Cheng arrived he started to complain about a tired arm. The Jays immediately shut him down and had him undergo an MRI – which showed terrible news. Cheng had a 25 percent tear in the labrum, and underwent surgery at the end of September.

"He will probably not pitch until the middle of next year," said Blue Jays Director of Player Development Dick Scott. "He is rehabbing in Taiwan and will report to spring training to start a throwing program."

The 21-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Blue Jays on November 26, 2003. In 2004 he went 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 14 starts with Pulaski, and in 2005 he pitched for Lansing once again, going 7-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 137 innings.

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