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Hollimon Out For Half of 2009?

Yet another Detroit Tigers prospect will miss both Arizona Fall League play and at least some of next season due to an injury that requires offseason surgery.

The Freep's Jon Paul Morosi reports that infielder Michael Hollimon had a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL on Thursday. Rehabilitation for such a procedure is typically six to nine months. As a result, Hollimon is expected to miss half of the 2009 season.

Hollimon originally dislocated his shoulder in Spring Training while diving for a ball. The injury kept him out until late April.

In 11 games (25 plate appearances) with the Tigers this season, Hollimon batted .261/.280/.565 with one home run and two RBIs. Defensively, he played at second base, shortstop, and third base.

William Rhymes will replace Hollimon on the Tigers' Arizona Fall League roster. Playing mostly at second base with Double-A Erie, he batted .307/.363/.392 with three home runs, 62 RBIs, eight triples, and 17 stolen bases.

With Triple-A Toledo, Hollimon had a .211/.306/.420 average with 15 homers and 33 RBIs in 91 games (385 plate appearances). After returning to the Mud Hens following his major league stint, he batted just .154 in 40 games.