From the many Blazers twitter accounts, bad news for another young Blazers small forward. Pretty much the exact opposite of last Fall when Martell Webster went down, now Webster will probably get his starting spot back from Batum while the forward recovers from surgery. Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into a season-ending injury.
Nicolas Batum will undergo surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum, it was announced today by General Manager Kevin Pritchard.
Breaking: Nicolas Batum will have surgery Friday on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Return tbd.
Batum was injured while playing for French national team, again early in the preseason + again yesterday.
Source close to Batum expects lengthy recovery time.
UPDATE: A quick search confirmed that Jameer Nelson’s injury last season was also a torn labrum. Nelson had surgery in mid-February and the Magic estimated his timeline for return around 4-6 months. Nelson was back in four months and played during Orlando’s postseason run.