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Injury likely to end season for Sexson

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Published May 26, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO - Diamondbacks team doctor Michael Lee recommended season-ending surgery on slugger Richie Sexson's injured left shoulder.

In a statement released by the team Monday night, Lee said the first baseman's partially torn labrum won't heal on its own this season, although there were no new injuries.

Lee also recommended a second opinion. Sexson is set to be examined next week by Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., who also is the Devil Rays medical director.

Sexson would need up to six months to recover from the operation.

"His season's over most likely," manager Bob Brenly said Tuesday. "But, there's always that chance out of leftfield that he could come back."

FENWAY FIX-UP: Red Sox owner John Henry is ready to discuss long-term renovations to Fenway Park, a step that makes it increasingly likely that baseball's oldest and smallest ballpark will be preserved. The team would consider replacing Fenway only if renovation isn't feasible, Henry said.

Meanwhile, Boston right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim flew home to South Korea to see a doctor for his sore back. Kim, who has struggled since being activated from the disabled list April 29, plans to be gone about a week.

Also, Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday to help relieve symptoms of an arthritic condition. The defending AL batting champion is expected to be out for six weeks.

BULLPEN SCUFFLE: An Oct. 26 trial date was set for two former Yankees accused of attacking a Fenway Park groundskeeper after he cheered for the Red Sox in the Yankees bullpen during last season's playoffs. Right-hander Jeff Nelson and outfielder Karim Garcia face assault and battery charges in the alleged attack on Paul Williams Jr.of Derry, N.H.

In other Yankees news, shortstop Derek Jeter signed a multiyear agreement with Upper Deck to represent the company's baseball card line of products.

Also, right-handed reliever Steve Karsay is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday in Tampa, his first such action since rotator cuff surgery a year ago.

ANGELS: First baseman Darin Erstad appears to be recovering faster than expected from two severe hamstring strains, though he still is two weeks from returning. Seminole High standout Casey Kotchman has outhit Erstad .277-.264 since taking over.

ORIOLES: Right-hander Rick Bauer and left-hander Matt Riley were sent to Triple-A Ottawa as part of a roster shakeup. Baltimore called up right-hander Denny Bautista from Double-A Bowie and purchased the contracts of catcher Robert Machado and infielder Jose Leon from Ottawa.

RANGERS: Outfielders Kevin Mench, who injured a muscle in his left side Sunday, and Brian Jordan, still having difficulty with his surgically repaired left knee, went on the 15-day disabled list. ... Right-hander Chan Ho Park is expected to miss his scheduled start today because of a sore lower back.

ROCKIES: First baseman Todd Helton missed his fourth straight start with a sore back and probably won't return until the weekend.

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