Sanchez Feels Pop In Shoulder

Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 11:48 am
By: News On 6

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez felt a pop in his right shoulder Thursday and cut short his first bullpen session in eight months after 11 pitches.

Sanchez, recovering from shoulder surgery, said he didn't feel significant pain during or after the pitch. He was examined by Dr. Dan Tomlinson, who said scar tissue had broken loose. Sanchez was treated with ice.

Sanchez was 5-1 with a 2.60 ERA when he injured the shoulder in a taxi accident last July in Miami. He reported to camp overweight and was sent home for two days by manager Willie Randolph after repeatedly showing up late. General manager Omar Minaya said the club was concerned about changes in Sanchez's throwing motion after the surgery.

Another reliever, Juan Padilla, won't throw for two weeks after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right elbow. Padilla, who had ligament-replacement surgery on March 14 last year, had progressed enough to pitch in a game on March 11 but he said his arm didn't recover as expected after the game. He was examined in New York this week.