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Klein has small SLAP tear; he'll start rehab program next week

Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein has been diagnosed with a small SLAP tear in his right labrum, an injury that he'll try to rehabilitate rather than having surgery, director of player development John Stockstill said.

"Surgery is not needed at this time," Stockstill said. "They believe they can rehab it."

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Stockstill said there is no timeframe for Klein's return to game action. The 22-year-old will consult with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Friday and head down to Sarasota, Fla., next week to begin a rehab program.

Several Orioles have rehabbed a similar injury, including Jason Berken last year and Matt Albers a couple of seasons ago.

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Klein, 22, was a combined 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA between Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, allowing 23 hits and six walks while striking out 37 batters in 32 1/3 innings.

Klein, a third-round pick in last year's first-year player draft, last pitched June 1 and was officially put on the minor league disabled list June 8 with shoulder tendinitis.

He has a history of shoulder problems that dates to his days at UCLA. The right-hander missed part of his freshman year and all of his sophomore season with a shoulder injury that required exploratory surgery in 2009. He was used at the Bruins' closer for the 2010 season.

The Orioles drafted him with the hopes of making him a starter but were using him in relief in his first full pro season because they wanted to limit his innings and appearances.

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