MIAMI -- Arizona first baseman Richie Sexson was placed back
on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an injured left shoulder.
Sexson, who partially dislocated and tore a muscle in the
shoulder while checking his swing against the Chicago Cubs on April
28, reaggravated the injury on another check swing against Florida
on Saturday -- just his second game since being activated.
"It's definitely the low point in my career, no doubt," Sexson
He will be evaluated by a team physician in Phoenix on Monday.
Sexson said he felt the shoulder slide out, then back into place
on the check swing -- the same thing that happened when he injured
it originally. If surgery is necessary, Sexson said he'd prefer to
postpone it until the offseason.
"You don't ever want to be hurt," Sexson said. "It's just one
of those things. I'm just going to have to deal with it."
The team called up outfielder Doug Devore from Triple-A Tucson
to fill Sexson's spot on the roster. Entering Sunday, Devore had
hit .143 in eight games with the Diamondbacks this season.
Shea Hillenbrand took Sexson's spot in the Arizona lineup at
first base for Sunday's game. He hit .300 in 18 games when Sexson
was previously on the disabled list this season.
"This is not something that one guy can make up for," Arizona
manager Bob Brenly said. "We need everyone to do what they're
capable of doing. That's the only way you make up for a loss like
Last year, while playing with Milwaukee, Sexson became the first
player to play every inning of a 162-game schedule since
Baltimore's Cal Ripken did so in 1986. He'd sat out only nine games
in the previous three seasons; including Sunday, he has now missed
20 games this year alone.
Sexson was 1-for-7 in his two games since returning from the
original injury. For the season, he's batting .233 with nine home
runs and 23 RBI -- four off the team's season lead -- in only 23