Hill has surgery to repair labrum

Hill has surgery to repair labrum

TORONTO -- Orioles left-hander Rich Hill underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder on Friday, Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said on Saturday.

"[Head athletic trainer] Richie Bancells told me it wasn't as bad as they originally had thought," Trembley said.

Hill revealed on July 29 that he had been pitching with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, which was diagnosed before he was traded to the Orioles. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and was scheduled to see an orthopedic specialist to determine if surgery was necessary or if a strengthening program for the muscles around the labrum would be enough.

"He had surgery yesterday from Dr. [Lewis] Yocum in Los Angeles," Trembley said Saturday.

The manager expects Hill to be ready to throw again by Spring Training 2010.

Trembley also updated the status of right-hander Brad Bergesen, who went on the DL on July 31, a day after he was struck in the left shin by a line drive.

Trembley said Bergesen will be re-evaluated on Monday and will begin a throwing program when he stops limping.

Erika Gilbert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.