DETROIT (AP) -Gary Sheffield says he isn't as seriously injured as he first feared when he experienced numbness in his right arm.
A day after the Detroit Tigers designated hitter had X-rays and an MRI exam, he said the injury stemmed from when he fell on his right elbow in a collision with second baseman Placido Polanco on July 21.
Sheffield's collar bone, which he said was dislocated early in his career, was pushed out of place and caused numbness and soreness in his right shoulder.
``I have to do rehab, just like pitchers,'' Sheffield said.
He won't go on the disabled list, began taking medicine Thursday and started therapy and rehab on Friday.
He was in the original starting lineup, but Detroit manager Jim Leyland removed Sheffield about 3 1/2 hours before Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Sheffield took a cortisone shot soon after the injury, but it didn't help and he feared the shot might have caused the numbness.
Sheffield was 0-for-3 Wednesday at Oakland and hit .152 (5-for-33) on Detroit's eight-game trip. He is hitting .290, with 23 homers and 67 RBIs.
``I can't be myself,'' Sheffield said. ``Guys throwing 88 miles per hour, and I can't do nothing with it. I had to cheat, and I couldn't keep both hands on the bat.''

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