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Loretta was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of the Boston Red Sox's game against the Kansas City Royals. X-rays on his elbow were negative, but he is considered day to day.
Boston's Loretta was selected to his second All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting second baseman for the American League. Loretta is batting .317 with three homers and 34 RBIs this season.
Loretta has been activated from the 60-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, and he is expected to return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's meeting with the New York Mets. The second baseman, who takes the roster spot of injured righthander Rudy Seanez, has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in mid-May.
As long as no problems are reported during a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Portland this weekend, Loretta will be activated from the 15-day disabled list next Tuesday, when the Padres begin a three-game series with the New York Mets. The second baseman has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in mid-May.
After taking batting practice without any problems on Wednesday, Loretta said he is on schedule to return to the Padres lineup on July 19, when he's eligible to be activated. The second baseman has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in mid-May. Prior to his stint on the 15-day disabled list, Loretta was batting .300 with 13 RBI and six stolen bases.
Despite some slight pain while playing catch, Loretta has reported no major problems while batting, as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The Padres' second baseman has been sidelined since suffering the injury in mid-May. Prior to his stint on the 15-day disabled list, Loretta was batting .300 with 13 RBI and six stolen bases.
After being evaluated by the specialist that operated on his left thumb in 2001, Loretta has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in the digit and will be forced to undergo surgery yet again. The Padres' second baseman, who suffered the injury sliding headfirst into first base last week, will go under the knife on Tuesday, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least the next two months. Loretta has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Loretta will miss this weekend's series with the Seattle Mariners, but hopes to be able to play next week when the Padres travel to Arizona. The second baseman will have his sprained left thumb examined by Dr. Don Sheridan, the Diamondbacks' hand specialist, on Monday, and that should determine whether Loretta will have to go on the disabled list. Dr. Sheridan operated on Loretta in 2001 after he tore a ligament in the same thumb.
Tests on Loretta's ailing left thumb have confirmed the original diagnosis of a sprain, an injury suffered while diving to first base on Tuesday. The Padres' second baseman, who missed more than six weeks after rupturing a ligament in the same thumb during spring training in 2001, plans to get a second opinion to rule out any other damage. Loretta is expected to miss at least a couple more days, but the team will hold off on placing him on the disabled list for now.
Diving to first base while trying to beat out an infield single in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, Loretta sprained his left thumb and was forced to leave the game an inning later. The second baseman, who was replaced in the Padres' lineup by Damian Jackson, is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury. He was 2-for-2 prior to his departure.
For now, Loretta has been listed as day-to-day. He missed more than six weeks after rupturing a ligament in the same thumb during spring training in 2001. In 40 games this season, Loretta is batting .300 with 13 RBI, six stolen bases and 24 runs scored.
Loretta improved his season batting average by more than 20 points, tying a career high with five hits in Wednesday's win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres' second baseman, who doubled and finished with an RBI and two runs scored, had five hits in a single game three times previously.
Including Wednesday's performance, Loretta is batting .299 with five doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and six stolen bases in 35 games this season. However, he has yet to hit a home run.