Nevin has separated shoulder
March 8, 2004
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- San Diego Padres slugger Phil Nevin separated his left shoulder again and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
The first baseman was hurt in a spring training game against Anaheim on Sunday night, a year to the day he dislocated the same shoulder, which kept him sidelined until July 23 last season.
Nevin had an MRI in San Diego on Monday that revealed the separation. The area that was surgically repaired last spring was still intact, the team said.
Nevin is expected to have his arm in a sling for seven to 10 days, then begin his rehabilitation. Going by the team's timetable, he could be back by opening day April 5 at Los Angeles. The Padres open their new ballpark April 8 against San Francisco.
Nevin was hurt diving for a liner at first base in the second inning Sunday night. He immediately left the game and covered his face with his hands as he walked back to the dugout. He left the ballpark with trainer Todd Hutcheson.
Nevin, 33, dislocated his left shoulder on March 7 last year while diving for a ball in left field. The team thought at first that he'd miss the whole season, but his recovery went well and he played in 59 games, hitting .279 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.
The year before, he was limited to 107 games by a strained left elbow and a broken left arm.
In the offseason, Nevin was shifted to first base, partly in the hope that he would be less prone to injury there.