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Lindsey Caughel has shoulder surgery, out for season

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Lindsey Caughel struck out 219 batters with just 43 walks in 230 innings in 2013-2014 combined.
Lindsey Caughel struck out 219 batters with just 43 walks in 230 innings in 2013-2014 combined.
Photo: Steve Saenz | Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers minor league pitcher Lindsey Caughel had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Friday in Phoenix and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Caughel had a late start to his 2015 season, sidelined by a right shoulder injury in spring training. He made one start for Class-A Great Lakes, on June 7, but allowed four home runs and seven runs in three innings. He was placed on the disabled list three days later.

Caughel said there was no tear to his labrum, and that his rehab is expected to last three months.

"It was a shoulder scope and they went in and found a lot of fraying on the back of my labrum and in my rotator cuff with a couple of flaps hanging over the labrum," Caughel said. "It's a little more extensive than just a regular shoulder scope, there was a lot they had to clean up but no tear."

Caughel, drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round in 2012, was 8-5 with a 3.53 ERA in the offensive-friendly California League in 2014 with advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, with 81 strikeouts and 20 walks in 86⅔ innings.

The right-hander, who turns 25 on August 13, expects to be ready to play somewhere this winter.

"I have my sights set on playing winter ball and getting some innings under my belt and then coming back to spring training strong next year," Caughel said.