GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jared Mitchell knows Brandon Short's pain. A former first-round White Sox draft pick, Mitchell tore up his ankle during spring training two years and missed an entire minor league season.
Short crashed into the center field wall in Surprise on Thursday and not only dislocated his left shoulder but tore the labrum. He will have surgery and is out for the season.
"There is nothing I can say to him that will make him feel better,'' Mitchell said Friday before the Sox played the Cubs in their fifth exhibition game of the year. "He was trying to be aggressive, wanting to show something.''
Short, a former 28th-round pick, has moved up the ranks of Sox outfield prospects. Baseball America rates him as their 18th best prospect overall. He can only hope his comeback season is not as rough as Mitchell's. When Mitchell came back, he batted .222 with 183 strikeouts in Class A.
Mitchell was also injured going into the wall. This spring, he has three hits including a home run.
Short batted .262 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles, 60 RBI and 21 stolen bases for Class AA Birmingham last season.