Moseley decides on surgery to repair shoulder

Moseley decides on surgery to repair shoulder

Moseley decides on surgery to repair shoulder
SAN DIEGO -- After landing on the disabled list last week with extensive damage to his right rotator cuff and labrum, Padres pitcher Dustin Moseley felt like he was in a fog.

"I was in a hole for three or four days," Moseley said of his disposition after being told that the damage to his shoulder would likely require surgery.

The smile returned to Moseley's face on Thursday when the Padres returned home to open a four-game series against the Phillies at Petco Park.

Moseley said his disposition is better now that he's had a week to digest the news of his injury. Also, he is committed to having surgery to repair his shoulder, though he's still sorting through the details.

Moseley has sought a second opinion on his shoulder from New York physician David Altchek, who performed surgery on Mets pitcher Johan Santana and former Padres pitcher Chris Young, who at the time was with the Mets.

Moseley was awaiting the results of the MRI that were sent to Altchek. There's a chance that Moseley will fly to New York to meet with Altchek next Thursday. The surgery would then be performed by Altchek or team physician Heinz Hoenecke.

"It's not a matter of if I'm going to fix it [through surgery], but who is going to fix it," Moseley said. "I'm not in limbo anymore."

Moseley went on the disabled list after his only start of the season on April 7, when he allowed five runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Dodgers at Petco Park.