Between 2002-2010, Jon Garland started 308 games and relieved in 21 more, throwing a total of nearly 2,000 innings. He developed the reputation of being a reliable, durable innings-eater, which he was, until this season. This season he has been none of those things. Garland started the year on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He returned in April but went on the disabled list again in early June with a shoulder injury. And now, according to Dylan Hernandez, that shoulder injury will end Garland's 2011 campaign:
Garland will have season-ending shoulder surgery on Monday.
Garland had trouble making progress in his rehab, and it was reported on Monday that his season could be over. Now it's confirmed. With the Dodgers, Garland started nine games, posting a 4.33 ERA with a 1.4 K/BB. Not exactly what the team imagined it would get when it signed one of the more proven innings-eaters this side of Livan Hernandez.
Rubby de la Rosa assumed Garland's vacated spot in the rotation, and he's pitched like how you'd expect a live-armed 22-year-old to pitch.