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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
D'Arnaud downplays shoulder issue

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud, who left Tuesday's series opener against the San Francisco Giants after three innings, minimized the right shoulder injury that forced him from the game.

D'Arnaud had taken a foul ball off the shoulder on a 3-0 pitch from Zack Wheeler to Hunter Pence to lead off the second inning.

"Travis took the foul tip right off the tip of the shoulder," Terry Collins said. "While he sat on the bench that inning, it started to stiffen up on him. He went out the next inning and had a tough time throwing to second. As the inning went on he really had a tough time just throwing the ball back to the pitcher. When he came off, he said he was real stiff, so I just made the switch. He'll be fine. It will be a couple of days, I would think."

Said d'Arnaud: "I'll be all right. It smoked me in the shoulder, and then as the game progressed, it started tightening up a lot and was messing with my throwing and everything."