Dwight Gooden, who was put on the disabled list last weekend, has been diagnosed with a slight muscle tear in his right shoulder and may miss three to four weeks, the New York Mets announced Wednesday.
The Mets quoted Dr. Fiske Warren, one of the club's orthopedic surgeons, as saying there was no other damage to the arm and "no career-threatening problems."
Gooden, a right-hander pitcher with a 9-4 record and a 2.99 earned-run average, had experienced tightness and some pain in the shoulder for the past month. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Warren said the best treatment for the injury was rest.