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Shawn Estes


Estes will miss the rest of this season and possibly the start of the 2007 season after deciding to have reconstructive left elbow surgery. The Padres' left-hander consulted with three doctors and is scheduled to have the operation on June 7. Estes, who signed a $1 million, one-year deal with the Padres in January, strained a ligament in his left elbow on April 5 and went on the disabled list two days later.


The San Diego Padres placed Estes on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained left elbow, retroactive to Wednesday, April 5. The veteran left-hander injured his pitching arm during his Padres debut, a 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.


Estes, who sat out July and August with a stress reaction in his left foot, aggravated the injury in his Wednesday night start. He left Arizona's 4-3 win over Los Angeles in the fifth inning. It's likely the Diamondbacks' lefthander is done for the year, and he finishes at 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 21 starts.


Sidelined since July 5 with a stress reaction in his left foot, Estes is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start against Colorado on Friday. The Arizona lefthander will return to Coors Field, his home field in 2004. He was 15-8 (5.84 ERA) for the Rockies a year ago, but he has been limited to 104.2 innings this season. For the Diamondbacks, he is 6-7 with a 4.56 ERA in 17 starts.


The Arizona Diamondbacks moved Estes to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. The pitcher has been sidelined since July 5 with a stress reaction in his left foot.


Further tests on Estes' ailing left foot have revealed a stress reaction, an injury that has been bothering the pitcher for nearly two weeks. As a result, the Diamondbacks have placed the lefthander on the 15-day disabled list, and currently, there is no exact timetable for his return. Estes will be re-evaluated in two weeks to determine his status and availability. In 17 starts this season, he is 6-7 with a 4.56 ERA and two complete games.


Estes went the distance in his second consecutive start, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Diamondbacks' lefthander, who struck out four and walked two, notched the 14 complete game of his major league career and second this season.