10/08/2003 11:34 PM ET
Dodgers injury update
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Hideo Nomo underwent "minor" arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday. (Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)
LOS ANGELES -- It's already a busy offseason for the Dodgers and their doctors.
Ace starter Hideo Nomo Tuesday underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to clean up the rotator cuff and labrum. The surgery was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe and Dr. Ralph Gambardella.
Nomo, who pitched 218 1/3 innings in 2003 after pitching 220 1/3 innings in 2002, missed two starts in September because of a fatigued shoulder. In his last five starts, he went 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA.
Club officials termed the surgery "minor" and believe he will be ready for Spring Training. However, Nomo underwent minor elbow surgery following the 1997 season and won only six games the following season, during which he was traded to the New York Mets.
In 2003, Nomo finished among league leaders with 16 wins, a 3.09 ERA, 177 strikeouts, .223 opponents' batting average, two shutouts and 218 1/3 innings pitched. He is guaranteed $9 million in 2004.
Reliever Paul Shuey underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum. He also is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Shuey said he had similar surgery earlier in his career and was back on the mound in one month. Shuey was 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 62 games last season.
Arthroscopic surgery is still anticipated for outfielder Shawn Green's right shoulder, but no date has been set. Free agents Rickey Henderson (shoulder) and Andy Ashby (elbow) have operations scheduled for Oct. 16 and 21, respectively. Outfielder Chad Hermansen also has foot surgery planned.
An MRI is scheduled for Kazuhisa Ishii's left knee, which forced him to the sidelines for a month. But the test is termed "precautionary" and the club does not expect surgery to be necessary. Catcher Paul Lo Duca's sprained knee, suffered the final week of the season, has healed and no further tests are planned.