...If Rogers has the arthroscopic procedure, he will not be ready for the start of the 2007 season. But Ash said Rogers was expected to pitch at some point during the year.
"Dr. Raasch said this is a very, very minor thing," Ash said.
Nevertheless, it follows a disturbing trend that has hindered efforts to develop starting pitchers from within the farm system. Right-hander Mike Jones and left-hander Manny Parra, who were expected to be in the majors by now, were set back by surgeries and remain on the comeback trail. Another prospect, Chris Saenz, was dropped from the organization after surgery.
Anyway, I figure this might be a good thing. Rogers was flailing a bit anyway; maybe this will solve a lingering problem or two and he can get everything sorted out. Even if Rogers ends up never making the majors, I'd say our 2004 draft class--with Gallardo and Steve Hammond, among others--looks mighty fine regardless.