The San Diego Padres lost another star yesterday when slugger Phil Nevin dislocated his left shoulder.

The left fielder was injured while making a diving catch of Brian Daubach's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of a 2-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox and is out indefinitely.

The Padres will also be without Trevor Hoffman, their all-star closer, for the first half of the season because of shoulder surgery.

"I'm sick to my stomach," Manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's devastating. It started with Trevor and now Phil."

Nevin was in obvious pain as trainers from both dugouts and teammates ran to his aid in the outfield.

He stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field. X-rays were negative, and Nevin was to undergo further tests today in Phoenix.

* CUBS: Sammy Sosa was back in the team's clubhouse yesterday after missing several days with a respiratory virus that has ravaged the team. He was so sick he didn't even come to the locker room the previous two days.

"I'm alive again!" Sosa said, laughing. "I had a little bit of everything. Every time I coughed, I had a little bit of pain in my chest. But you can't keep a good man down!"

Slowed by some soreness in his right quadriceps before he got sick, Sosa has played in just one of the Cubs' eight exhibition games. He planned to play today against the White Sox.

The flu bug isn't done with the Cubs. Manager Dusty Baker had eight players listed with it on his injury report, and he said there are probably eight more who are sick, too.

* REDS: Ken Griffey Jr. had three homers, including a grand slam, and six RBI to lead Cincinnati to an 11-5 win over Pittsburgh in a split-squad game.

Griffey hit solo home runs in the first and third innings off loser Kris Benson, and hit the slam in the fifth off Julian Tavarez, extending Cincinnati's lead to 8-1.

Griffey's only gripe was that his three-homer day coincided with his mother's birthday and she wasn't at the ballpark.

"She's down here in Florida but she doesn't come to day games because they interfere with her soap operas," Griffey said with a grin. "Her soaps always come first."

* YANKEES: First baseman Jason Giambi missed his third straight game with an abdominal muscle strain. Giambi hit off a tee, and he said he expects to take batting practice today.

Second baseman Alfonso Soriano decided not to take batting practice after briefly playing catch and taking several swings. He missed his second consecutive game with upper right arm-shoulder tendinitis.

* METS: Pitcher Pedro Astacio will probably begin the season on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. An MRI exam in New York revealed inflammation in Astacio's right biceps tendon. He won't throw for at least four to five days.

* DODGERS: Closer Eric Gagne is expected to return to the mound after an MRI on his back showed nothing wrong. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said that Gagne is day-to-day, and that there's no reason to believe his pitching schedule should be interrupted.