Minor Leaguer Darnell again felled by injury

Minor Leaguer Darnell again felled by injury

SAN DIEGO -- Infielder/outfielder James Darnell, slowed by injuries in recent years, has suffered another injury to his left shoulder, one that will cause him to miss significant playing time.

Playing for Triple-A Tucson, Darnell left a game on May 14 with an injury to his left shoulder following a swing. Darnell was in San Diego last week to consult with team doctors. Another surgery is a strong possibility.

Darnell first injured his left shoulder making a diving stop at third base in a game against the D-backs in September 2011. He suffered a temporary dislocation that eventually required surgery to repair the capsule around the shoulder.

Darnell began the 2012 season in Tucson but was recalled last May. He then suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder attempting a diving catch in left field against the Dodgers. He later had arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder.

Darnell was slowed in Spring Training with strained left oblique, limiting him to 11 at-bats this spring. He played in 15 games for Tucson, hitting .246 with 10 RBIs.

The team's second-round Draft pick in 2008 out of the University of South Carolina, Darnell has a .226 average over 62 big league at-bats with the Padres in 2011-12. He's a career .297 hitter in parts of six seasons in the Minor Leagues.

The Padres signed former Mariners Minor League outfielder Mike Wilson to a Minor League contract last week and sent him to Tucson to take Darnell's spot on the roster. Wilson made his debut on Saturday with Tucson.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.