First, it was tendinitis in his right knee. Then, a weeklong bout with the flu. Now, a sore right shoulder. Is this any way to prepare for opening day?

Of course not. Which is why Kirk Gibson, for the first time, expressed doubts on Sunday that he will be ready when the Los Angeles Dodgers open the season a week from Monday in Cincinnati."I'm a skeleton of myself," said Gibson after dragging himself through five innings of the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over Atlanta Sunday, which was only Gibson's second exhibition appearance of the spring. "The drive's there, except there ain't no go. ... I can't tell you where I'll be next Monday."

"After today, he's got me worried now," Manager Tom Lasorda said. "When he played last Sunday against the Astros, I thought that he was back. But then the flu hit him and set him back a week and now his shoulder's bothering him."