Taylor has small labrum tear, won't need surgery

Taylor has small labrum tear, won't need surgery

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Lefty reliever Andrew Taylor, who made three appearances as a September callup with the Angels last year, has a small tear in his labrum, a MRI on Monday revealed.

The good news for the Angels is it won't require surgery; the bad news is he'll be shut down and limited to rehab work for an indefinite amount of time.

"It's different with everybody, so it could be a week, two weeks, two months; it could be anytime," Taylor said. "It's just when my arm is not painful at all."

Taylor, 26 and in Major League camp, was taken by the Angels in the 34th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and pitched primarily in Double-A and Triple-A last season, compiling a 4.27 ERA in 59 innings. He's still experiencing pain when throwing a baseball.

"I want to be on the field," Taylor said, "so I have to make sure everything's good. I don't want to rush it back."

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