Horne, the 2007 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, will undergo surgery on his torn rotator cuff later today. The procedure will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. Horne, now 27, has only been able to throw 100 2/3 innings over the past three seasons, including being on the shelf entirely for the 2010 campaign.
The likeable Florida native is hopeful that the PRP injections he had to undergo will have lessened the extent of the surgery needed, and is also hopeful of a comeback.
His rehab had been progressing as planned, but the righty began a throwing program on Monday and things did not go well.
The former first round pick went 12-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 27 starts for Trenton in 2007, and led the Eastern League in both ERA and strikeouts (165) en route to helping the Thunder to their first championship in franchise history.
He briefly returned to Waterfront Park last season, and it’s likely that were he able to beat the odds and return once again, that his path would take him through Mercer County for a third time.
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