The Diamondbacks will once again play without Sexson when they finish a four-game series with the Florida Marlins.
Arizona placed its slugging first baseman back on the disabled list Sunday with an injured left shoulder.
Sexson, who partially dislocated and tore a muscle in the shoulder while checking his swing against the Chicago Cubs on April 28, reaggravated the injury on another check swing against Florida on Saturday—just his second game since being activated.
“It’s definitely the low point in my career, no doubt,” said Sexson, who has nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 23 games this season.
He will be evaluated by a team physician in Phoenix on Monday.
Sexson said he felt the shoulder slide out, then back into place on the check swing—the same thing that happened when he injured it originally. If surgery is necessary, Sexson said he’d prefer to postpone it until the offseason.
“You don’t ever want to be hurt,” Sexson said. “It’s just one of those things. I’m just going to have to deal with it.”
Gonzalez will have to pick up the slack in the middle of a lineup which is already having problems scoring runs. Heading into Sunday’s 4-3 win, the Diamondbacks were averaging just 2.4 runs over their previous 10 games.
Gonzalez, who was mired in a 2-for-18 skid, went 1-for-5 with an RBI Sunday and is batting just .261. He has just four RBIs in his last 12 road games.
“This is not something that one guy can make up for,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “We need everyone to do what they’re capable of doing. That’s the only way you make up for a loss like this.”
The Marlins had their three-game winning streak snapped Sunday and fell a half-game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.
Slugging third baseman Miguel Cabrera appears to have rediscovered his power stroke as he hit his 12th home run Sunday, his first in 49 at-bats, spanning 11-plus games. Cabrera is 4-for-8 with three RBIs over the last two games.