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Dodgers reliever Cory Wade to undergo shoulder surgery

March 16, 2010 | 10:55 am

The Dodgers said Tuesday that right-handed middle reliever Cory Wade would undergo exploratory surgery on his throwing shoulder Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Wade There was no immediate word on how long the arthroscopic procedure would sideline Wade, but it's likely to be at least a couple of months. The Dodgers -- who had an off-day Tuesday -- said more information would be available after the operation on Wednesday afternoon.

Wade, 26, has battled shoulder problems for more than a year after the Indianapolis native became a workhorse for the club in his rookie year in 2008, when he pitched a team-high 71 1/3 innings in 55 games.

He was limited to 27 appearances with the Dodgers last year -- with a 5.53 earned-run average -- and 18 appearances with the club's Triple-A team in Albuquerque.

Wade's setback comes as another of the Dodgers' middle relievers, Ronald Belisario of Venezuela, still has not reported to camp due to visa problems and appears unlikely to make the opening-day roster.

-- Jim Peltz in Phoenix

Photo: Reliever Cory Wade throws during the Dodgers' spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 21. Credit: Mark Duncan / Associated Press

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