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The Unfortunate Road of Danny Hultzen

Is labrum surgery in Hultzen's future?

More than 2 1/2 years after being drafted as the prospect many labeled as "closest to the big leagues" in the draft, Mariners left-handed pitching prospect Danny Hultzen and the club are awaiting news from the foremost expert on labrum injuries. If he needs surgery, Hultzen could be more than a year away from returning to a pitching mound.

When the Seattle Mariners selected University of Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen with the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 draft it was clear that they liked the talent that he had. But in a draft that had a lot of players who were viewed as higher ceiling talents, it was the opinion of many that one of the clear marks in Hultzen's favor was his proximity to the big leagues. He was a college junior...

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