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Arizona Slugger Richie Sexson Out for Year

June 5, 2004

PHOENIX (AP) _ Once he realized shoulder surgery was inevitable, Richie Sexson wasted no time having it done. The Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman had surgery on the torn cartilage in his left shoulder Friday morning after getting a second opinion Wednesday recommending the procedure.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said before Friday night’s game against Los Angeles that team doctor Michael Lee performed the arthroscopic procedure after a cancellation left him with an opening on his schedule.

``They caught Richie here at the ballpark,″ Brenly said. ``He decided to go have it done. The surgery was considered a success. The surgery’s finished, and Richie is home recovering blissfully.″

Two days earlier, Sexson found out that Dr. James Andrews, who he saw in Birmingham, Ala., agreed that the first baseman needed surgery to regain full strength of the torn labrum in the socket of his shoulder.

Andrews found the shoulder would still be unstable even if Sexson opted for another two months of rehabilitation.

Sexson, 29, was injured on a check swing against the Chicago Cubs on April 28. He returned from the disabled list, but re-injured the shoulder May 22 on another check swing against the Marlins in Florida in his second game back.

The central figure in a nine-player trade last winter, the former Milwaukee star played in 23 games for the Diamondbacks, finishing this season with a .233 batting average, nine home runs and 23 RBIs.

In 2003, Sexson played every inning of every game, the first to do that in a 162-game season since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1986.

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