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Padres Try To Rework Myers Trade

March 29, 2000

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) _ The San Diego Padres are trying to rework the deal with the Chicago Cubs that brought them Rodney Myers after an MRI exam showed the reliever has a partially torn right rotator cuff.

Padres general manager Kevin Towers was speaking by phone with Cubs GM Ed Lynch on Tuesday afternoon trying to resolve the matter.

An MRI on Monday revealed a partial tear in the rotator cuff and labrum. Team doctor Jan Fronek said there is a possibility Myers could pitch despite the injury, but that he would need arthroscopic surgery in 6-8 months.

The Padres acquired Myers on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.

Myers was being counted on for bullpen depth. He pitched two innings and got the victory in his Padres debut on Saturday. Afterward, he complained of pain and told trainers he has been bothered for about three weeks.

Towers said Lynch was unaware of the injury. The Padres’ options including taking another player in Myers’ place or voiding the trade and getting Matthews back.

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