Klesko to miss 2-4 months for shoulder surgery

Updated: April 8, 2006, 2:34 AM ET
Associated Press

 Ryan Klesko
Klesko
SAN DIEGO -- Padres first baseman Ryan Klesko will have surgery on his left shoulder Monday and expects to miss two to four months.

Klesko has been bothered by soreness in his throwing shoulder since late in spring training and started the season on the disabled list. Klesko said doctors will shave the bone in his AC joint to give him better range of motion.

Klesko had two cortisone shots in the shoulder recently and considered playing through the pain. But he decided to have surgery after the team's medical staff reviewed the results of an MRI from earlier this week.

"It's probably best to go ahead and do it instead of having a roller-coaster all year," Klesko said after San Diego's 10-4 loss to Colorado on Friday night. "The MRI did not show very good news."

Klesko, in the final year of his contract, said he hopes to return around the All-Star break.

"Honestly, it's a big timetable," he said. "It's tough to gauge. It'll be sore for a little bit. The muscles won't be shut down around it. It's been a tough couple of weeks figuring out what to do. I'm disappointed. I've never missed this much time during the season."

Klesko has been bothered by back, neck and shoulder ailments the past few years. He had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in September 2003.

In 2004, he hit a career-low nine homers. Last year, he led the Padres with 18 homers but had a career-low .248 average.

Klesko, 34, was traded from Atlanta to San Diego in December 1999.

"I've had a great career," he said. "I'm happy with what I have accomplished. I'm looking forward to being back and healthy."

Said manager Bruce Bochy: "At some point he can help the ballclub where he's full strength. At what point, we don't know."

San Diego-area native Adrian Gonzalez opened the season at first base. He was obtained from Texas in a six-player trade on Jan. 4.

"The kid over there is doing pretty good," Klesko said.


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