OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield will see a doctor in Detroit once the team returns from an 11-game, 10-day road trip, which ended in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Sheffield, who missed two games after getting a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder last Wednesday in Chicago, finished the road trip with a .152 batting average (5-for-33). He acknowledged pain in his shoulder after getting one hit in 11 at-bats during the Oakland series.
Sheffield, who recorded his 2,500th career hit Tuesday night, has a history of shoulder problems dating to his days with the San Diego Padres.
Despite his recent slump, Sheffield is hitting .290 and is among the AL leaders with 23 homer runs and 89 runs scored. He has gone 11 games and 43 at-bats since hitting his last home run on July 20.
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