Saturday, March 17, 2007

Tony Abreu Takes Spring Training Too Seriously, Injures Shoulder


VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Promising Dodgers' infield prospect Tony Abreu left Saturday's game with a left shoulder injury suffered when he dived headfirst into second base on an unsuccessful steal attempt.

Abreu remained prone and in pain for several minutes, then was carted off the field. He had his arm placed in a sling and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays to determine if the injury was worse than a sprain.

Abreu said his shoulder jammed when he hit the ground with arms fully extended in front of him. He was in noticeable pain on the field and said it was even worse as he was dressing to leave for the hospital. He said he had no history of shoulder injuries.

The 22-year-old Abreu, the No. 5-ranked prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, was having one of the most impressive camps on the club. He had just singled in the bottom of the seventh inning, raising his Spring Training batting average to .394. His 10 RBIs are tied for the club lead. He played last year at Double-A Jacksonville.

UPDATE: Abreu will be out 2-4 weeks.