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M's pitcher Hultzen to see shoulder specialist

M's pitcher Hultzen to see shoulder specialist
Seattle Mariners pitcher Danny Hultzen throws during a baseball spring training workout Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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SEATTLE -- While Mariners rookie James Paxton dazzled during his start on Tuesday night, the news was not good for another Mariners' pitching prospect who they hope is a future staple of their rotation.

Left-hander Danny Hultzen, the second player taken in the 2011 draft, has a problem with his left shoulder and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

"Ed (team doctor Ed Khalfayan) saw him and, quite frankly, doesn't like what he sees," Seattle Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He saw some damage that he was unhappy with. It's in the shoulder but not in the rotator cuff, more tendon area, labrum."

Hultzen has been battling shoulder problems all year long and has only made 6 starts at AAA Tacoma, although he was 4-1 in those starts with a 2.05 ERA. Hultzen was scheduled to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in October.
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