Schumaker has season-ending shoulder surgery

Procedure repairs torn labrum; Price hopes veteran is '100 percent' by spring camp

Schumaker has season-ending shoulder surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Reds outfielder/infielder Skip Schumaker season ended Thursday when he had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Schumaker made his final appearance of 2014 as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Cardinals. In the eighth inning batting for Johnny Cueto, he flied out to left field. Manager Bryan Price noted Schumaker could have played through the final two weeks of the season.

"We just felt like until we really checked the shoulder and got in there, we didn't know how long it would take to do the rehab and recovery," Price said. "We decided to be aggressive on it and get a jump-start on it. We look forward having him at Spring Training, hopefully 100 percent healthy."

Schumaker originally dislocated his left shoulder trying to make a diving catch March 21 during Spring Training, which put him on the disabled list until May 3. On July 10 vs. the Cubs, he injured the same shoulder in a collision with the right-field wall trying to make a catch at Great American Ball Park. That incident also left him with a concussion that put him out for nine days.

"He was never 100 percent. He was just playing at whatever he had," Price said. "He kept that very much to himself. He didn't ever say that he couldn't go -- from the shoulder -- not once did he say he couldn't go. The concussion thing, we had to take the lead on that because he was having some persistent issues with it that he couldn't deny."

Schumaker, 34, signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Reds as a free agent in November. It came with a $2.5 million club option for 2016.

This season, Schumaker batted .235/.287/.308 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 83 games. He made a total of 61 starts in right field, center field, left field and second base. He also made one relief appearance vs. the Braves during an 8-0 Reds loss and threw a scoreless ninth inning.

"He just wanted to play. He was going to give us 100 percent of whatever he had -- if it was 80 percent or 40 percent," Price said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.