Darnell gets good news after MRI on shoulder

Darnell gets good news after MRI on shoulder

SAN DIEGO -- Finally, the Padres received some good news on the health front -- a real rarity during this trying season that has seen 13 players go on the disabled list since Opening Day.

Outfielder James Darnell, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with an injured left shoulder, was told the MRI exam he had on the shoulder revealed no damage to his labrum.

"I was happy it was still intact," said Darnell, who has a partial dislocation of his shoulder after diving for a line drive on Thursday. "There are no tears, so that's really encouraging."

Darnell has a history of injury with his left shoulder, as he had surgery to repair his labrum in September. For as frustrating as this injury is, he's trying to look at the bigger picture.

"You don't want to miss time," he said, "but this is a time to get this shoulder fully healthy and strengthen it so it never happens again."

Darnell said that he's been told he'll have another MRI exam in a couple of weeks to measure progress.

At the time of his injury, Darnell was hitting .235 in 17 at-bats. He hit his only home run of the season on May 15 in Washington against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.