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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Brewers Put Hardy On DL

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

J.J. Hardy was sprawled out on a clubhouse couch on Wednesday afternoon with crutches at his side and his swollen right ankle elevated. It could have been much worse.

The Brewers placed Hardy on the disabled list Wednesday with a severely sprained ankle and expect to be without their young shortstop for 2-6 weeks.

"My first instinct was that it was going to be broken," said Hardy, who suffered the injury trying to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of an eventual Brewers win on Tuesday night. "I heard a pop and ... it was pretty painful. I thought that was going to be it."

With the Brewers and Phillies tied at 2, Hardy snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a double. He then tried to score on a single to shallow center field, but Phillies catcher Sal Fasano had the plate blocked, and didn't budge when Hardy tried to slide home.

"It was like running into a wall," Hardy said. "Right before I started my slide, I saw an opening underneath him. Right when I started my slide, he dropped down and I couldn't get there. He didn't budge one bit."

X-rays Tuesday night revealed no broken bones, and an MRI scan Wednesday afternoon confirmed the sprain to the inside part of his ankle, but did not reveal any more serious ligament or cartilage damage.

For Hardy, that was the best news he could have gotten.

"I was a little nervous because of the pain I was in [Tuesday] night and even [Wednesday] morning," Hardy said. "I thought for sure it was going to be something bad."

With Hardy out, Bill Hall will serve as the everyday shortstop, and the team recalled outfielder Corey Hart from Triple-A Nashville to fill out the 25-man roster.


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