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Sexson describes shoulder injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Richie Sexson plans for his stay on the disabled list with a shoulder injury to be minimal.

"I'm coming back as fast as I can," he said Friday before
Arizona's game against the Phillies.

Sexson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after an MRI exam showed a partially dislocated left shoulder and muscle
tear.

He was injured on a check-swing in the eighth inning of
Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He fell to one knee
and grabbed his non-throwing shoulder in pain before being led off
the field by team physicians.

"I just felt it go out and come back in," Sexson said. "I
felt like somebody stabbed me in the shoulder. It was a different
kind of pain than I've ever felt."

Sexson played every inning of every game last season for the
Milwaukee Brewers before being traded to Arizona in the offseason
in a nine-player deal.

He leads the Diamondbacks and is among the league leaders with nine home runs and 22 RBIs. Earlier in the week, Sexson hit the
longest home run homer in Bank One Ballpark history, an estimated
503 feet.

Arizona began a three-game series at Philadelphia with veteran Greg Colbrunn starting at first base and batting in Sexson's
cleanup spot Friday night.

Arizona manager Bob Brenly said third baseman Shea Hillenbrand would get most of the starts at first base, with rookie Chad Tracy taking over at third.

Hillenbrand is off to a sluggish start, batting under .200
coming into Friday night's game.

"He could help take up some of the slack if he starts swinging
like we know he can," Brenly said.

To take Sexson's spot on the active roster, the Diamondbacks
purchased the contract of outfielder Doug DeVore from Triple-A
Tucson.