First Andrew Knapp needed Tommy John surgery. Then Roman Quinn ruptured his Achilles. Now, two Phillies pitchers with huge upside need shoulder surgery.
Adam Morgan had shoulder surgery this month, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, and Shane Watson will also have shoulder surgery in January, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Morgan, a 23-year-old lefty, has a 3.25 ERA, 8.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 56 career minor-league games (55 starts). He experienced shoulder soreness midway through last season and was shut down and prescribed rest. Time off didn't do the trick and he went under the knife this month. He's expected to miss most of 2014, which is a big blow for a deep with such limited starting pitching depth as the Phillies.
Watson, a recent first-round pick, also suffers a setback, though the Phillies expect him to log some innings in 2014.