09/11/2002 11:12 pm ET
MLBeat: Shiell OK After KO
By Sandy Burgin / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- San Diego Padres reliever Jason Shiell, who was literally and figuratively knocked out of Tuesday night's game on a line drive by Luis Gonzalez, was back in the clubhouse Wednesday sporting a big white bandage on his right forearm.
"There's a lot of swelling," said the 25-year-old rookie right-hander from Savannah, Ga. "It's bruised up pretty good, but I can move my wrist and all and it's not stiff so it's not too bad. It's just like a deep bruise." X-rays were negative.
Shiell, who was making his second relief appearance since the Padres purchased his contract from Triple-A Portland, struck out Steve Finley swinging to open the eighth inning. He then gave up a single to Junior Spivey before Gonzalez ripped a lined shot right back at him. It hit Shiell's right forearm and bounced toward the third-base line.
"I was wondering why I didn't get out of the way of it, until I saw a replay," Shiell said. "There was no time to do nothing. I want to see a replay with the ball coming straight at me, not like from behind me. It wasn't much to think about. He hit it and there it was.
"Most pitchers have been hit before, but I've never been hit on my pitching arm like that before," Shiell said. "I've been hit with balls hard in the shins and legs, here and there, but never on my throwing arm. So it's probably the worst I've been hit with a ball back up the middle."
In his Major League debut against Colorado last weekend, Shiell pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two runs on three hits with one walk and no strikeouts. Tuesday Shiell was fortunate to get out of the game without any serious injury. And neither of the runners who reached base scored as Jonathan Johnson closed down the D-Backs, who wound up winning, 8-2, behind Curt Schilling.
"I'm not starting too good here," said Shiell. "My luck's not that great right here so far. Hopefully the swelling will go down and I'll get back out there and prove that I can pitch here."
Shiell is looking forward to flying to San Diego after Wednesday's game.
"I've never really been there, I'm just anxious to get there to check everything out as far as the field, the city and all," Shiell said.
Padres 9/11 Tribute: The Padres will have their own 9/11 tribute Thursday night prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants. Members of the New York Police Department, the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Fire Department will be present along with representatives from the San Diego Sheriff's Department.
The NYPD baseball team is in San Diego for the Mike Anaya Memorial Baseball Tournament, which is being played Sept. 12-15 at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State. Mike Anaya was a former Aztec baseball player who was shot and killed on his first night of solo duty as a San Diego Police officer.
World-renowned bassist Stu Hamm will present a non-vocal rendition of the National Anthem and return to the field for the seventh-inning stretch rendition of "God Bless America."
Fantasy Edge: Eugene Kingsale went a combined 3-for-6 the last two games against Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) as a leadoff hitter. The switch-hitting Kingsale was in right field Wednesday night batting sixth.
Sandy Burgin covers the Padres for MLB.com and can be reached at Sandyburgin@hotmail.com . This story was not subject to the approval of MLB or its clubs.