Schilling sidelined with broken hand Fracture, bone chip found with latest exam of D-backs righthander

Posted: June 04, 2003

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt Schilling has a broken right hand, another in a string of injuries for the two-time defending National League West champions.

Schilling was injured when he was hit in the hand twice Friday in San Diego. He stayed in the game after Ramon Vazquez's comebacker hit him on the index finger on the opening pitch, but left the game after Sean Burroughs' line drive hit him on the back of the right hand with two outs in the seventh inning.

X-rays after the game were negative and trainer Paul Lessard was confident there were no broken bones, but a precautionary MRI exam was taken yesterday. It uncovered a hairline fracture and a bone chip in the third and fourth metacarpals.

There was no estimate of how long Schilling will be sidelined. He will be placed in a removable splint for 3 weeks before he can begin rehabilitation throwing.

"I've got to do whatever I can do to get better,'' Schilling said. "In the meantime, I've got to be a teammate and help these guys and do whatever I can with these young pitchers and hopefully we can stay close."

He joins fellow ace Randy Johnson and a crowd of other Diamondbacks on the disabled list. Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and isn't due back for at least 3 weeks.

Schilling is 4-3 with a 3.04 ERA. This week, he was fined about $15,000 by major league baseball for smashing a machine that monitors umpires.

Lefthander Chris Capuano was brought up from Triple A Tucson to take over Schilling's scheduled start tonight.

Among others on Arizona's 15-day disabled list are closer Matt Mantei, setup man Mike Koplove, rookie starter Brandon Webb and infielder Craig Counsell.The Diamondbacks have had 10 players go on the DL this season, including eight pitchers. Rookies dominate the bullpen and the rotation.

Noteworthy

* A small growth removed from the nose of Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe is not cancerous. Lowe flew back to Boston last week to have the growth removed. The procedure was on the same part of his nose where he had skin cancer surgery in December.

* Yankees owner George Steinbrenner criticized baseball schedule makers and complained his team is treated unfairly, the New York Times reported.

The Boss is unhappy about New York's road trip this week, when interleague games begin. His problem: While the Yankees are in Cincinnati and Chicago, the rival Boston Red Sox play Pittsburgh and Milwaukee - two of the three worst teams in the National League.

"I just hope we play well against the National League clubs," Steinbrenner told the Times in a telephone interview. "I don't think the schedule is fair."

* Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn, sidelined since April with a knee injury, has decided not to undergo surgery for at least 5 weeks.

* Tampa Bay lefthander Joe Kennedy was put on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his left shoulder, and the Devil Rays activated righthander Steve Parris.

In interleague games:

* At San Juan, Puerto Rico, Troy Glaus, Tim Salmon and Jeff DeVanon homered in the first inning as the Anaheim Angels routed the Montreal Expos, 15-4.

* At Houston, Morgan Ensberg hit his first career grand slam in a six-run eighth inning, and the Astros rallied past the Baltimore Orioles, 11-6.

* At Cincinnati, Juan Castro slapped a run-scoring single just inside first base with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Reds a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

* At Denver, Juan Uribe, playing for the first time this season after breaking his right foot in spring training, hit a pair of two-run homers to power the Colorado Rockies over the Cleveland Indians, 7-3.

* At Phoenix, Chad Moeller singled home Shea Hillenbrand in the ninth inning, giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

* At San Diego, Dmitri Young hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the Padres.

* At St. Louis, Matt Morris won his third straight decision and Jim Edmonds' two-run homer sparked a four-run seventh inning as the Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-5.

* At Miami, Mike Lowell hit a pair of three-run homers and the Florida Marlins sent Mark Mulder (8-3) to his worst start in nearly 2 years, beating the Oakland Athletics, 13-2.

* At Atlanta, Andruw Jones came off the bench and hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Braves to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers.

* At San Francisco, Doug Mientkiewicz homered and doubled twice and Joe Mays won his fourth straight start as Minnesota defeated the Giants, 6-4.

Barry Bonds hit his 14th homer for the Giants. It was the 627th of his career.

* At Los Angeles, Adrian Beltre walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the Dodgers over Kansas City, 4-3.

* At Pittsburgh, the game between the Pirates and Boston Red Sox was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight.

In the National League:

* At New York, the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Mets was postponed by rain and will be made up July 28. *

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