Ascanio visits Dr. James Andrews, undergoes surgery

Bad news for the Pirates today, courtesy of Dr. James Andrews. Jose Ascanio, acquired in the Tom Gorzelanny/John Grabow trade, underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. The Pirates have not yet committed to a timetable for his return, but torn labrums are often the downfall of a pitcher’s career.

When this trade was initially announced, I was skeptical. I didn’t like the inclusion of Gorzelanny, as I felt the Pirates had dealt him at his lowest value. Ascanio was the player that made me feel better about the deal. So far, Hart has been lousy. I still think he could become a decent reliever, but I am pretty doubtful that he will ever be a serviceable starter. Josh Harrison is a wild card at best, and his one walk in 155 post-trade plate appearances is discouraging. And now, Ascanio might be done.

Most people point to the Jason Bay trade as Neal Huntington’s biggest whiff. I think the Grabow/Gorzelanny deal is much more likely to go down as his worst trade.

Author: Matt Bandi

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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