Phillies slugger has bruised shoulder joint

Updated: August 14, 2004, 4:09 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies slugger Jim Thome is day to day with a right shoulder injury.

Thome was out of Philadelphia's lineup Saturday after injuring himself the night before in a loss to San Francisco. X-rays were negative, and the All-Star first baseman has a bruised joint in his right shoulder.

It was originally thought Thome had injured his collarbone. He was hurt when he was hit by a grounder but stayed in the game for a few more innings.

"I couldn't even raise my arm this morning," Thome said.

Thome, in his second season with the Phillies, was hitting .279 with 35 homers and 80 RBI. He was tied with Cincinnati's Adam Dunn for the major league lead in homers.

The Phillies, who came in seven games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, have been decimated by injuries this season. Left fielder Pat Burrell could face season-ending wrist surgery and third baseman David Bell has missed a week with back spasms.

Also, starter Kevin Millwood (elbow) and closer Billy Wagner (shoulder) are out indefinitely, and top reliever Ryan Madson (finger) still remains sidelined.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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