Schilling's pitching hand is broken; it was hit twice

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 NL West champions.

Schilling was injured when he was hit in the hand twice on 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 was taken yesterday. It uncovered a hairline fracture and a bone chip in the third and fourth metacarpals.

There was no immediate estimate of how long the former Phillie will be sidelined.

Schilling is 4-3 with a 3.04 ERA. Yesterday he was fined about $15,000 by Major-League Baseball for smashing a machine that monitors umpires strike calls.

The team brought up lefthander Chris Capuano from triple-A Tucson to take over Schilling's scheduled start today.

Colorado infielder Ronnie Belliard was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle, and the Rockies activated infielder Juan Uribe from the 60-day disabled list.

Leftander Mark Guthrie was activated from the 15-day DL by the Chicago Cubs, who optioned righthander Juan Cruz to triple-A Iowa.

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