Drew suffers broken wrist in 10-3 loss to Arizona

In the teens and 20's, Ty Cobb was the scourge of baseball, hitting, stealing harassing. It was commonplace for newspapers, when type was handset and slow, to speed things up they left up the phrase "Ty Cobb singled and stole second." A like move today would be the opening sentence, "(Blank) suffered an injury and the Dodgers dropped the game to (blank).

So here it is, the 2005 version: J.D. Drew suffered a broken wrist and the Dodgers dropped the game to Arizona 10-3.

The books on this one could have been closed before the latecomers had bought a scorebook and a beer and had settled into their seats -- and bless them, some 55,868 showed up at Dodger Stadium to cheer a team seemingly stuck deep in the N.L. West standings.

Drew, one game after a homer-homer-single contest, was hit by a Brad Halsey pitch in the fifth. He swung at the fastball and the pitch hit him on the wrist. He stayed in the game before leaving for a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh.

An X-ray and it showed a clean break.

Drew becomes the 14th Dodgers player to spend time on the disabled list this season. No timetable was immediately set for his return, but it is likely an injury that will keep Drew out at least four to six weeks. The Dodgers left Sunday night for Colorado, the first stop on a seven-game trip but Drew remained in Los Angeles to see a hand specialist.

Drew said he broke his hand in 2001 and it was six or seven weeks before he could swing the bat.

The Dodgers are already without outfielders Milton Bradley and Ricky Ledee as well as closer Eric Gagne, and third baseman Jose Valentin. Cesar Izturis sat out the game with a sore right hamstring.

Drew has played under a black cloud much of his career. He has been a regular major-leaguer since 1999, and 2004 was the first in which he did not spend time on the disabled list. Over the winter Drew signed a five-year, $55 million contract, identical to the one signed by injury-prone pitcher Darren Dreifort in 2000.

And some have said the contract was just as foolish.

Drew started the season in a horrendous 0-for-25 slump but from that point he hit .317 (72-227) and raised his average to .288 entering the game.

General Manager Paul DePodesta, originally believed to be in the market for a starting pitcher, may now be looking at an outfielder and may be a pitcher.

But his dilemma is, should you spend a couple or more of your outstanding minor league players on a team that seems to be in a slow-motion free fall, with no little credit due to a remarkable injury epidemic?

Sunday's game was quick and painful. Starting pitcher D.J. Houlton (2-4) was thumped for six runs in two innings in his first start since manager Jim Tracy made him a permanent part of the starting rotation.

To add to the situation, former Dodger Shawn Green homered for the Diamondbacks and drove in three runs. Green has hit 14 home runs this season - five against the Dodgers.

The only important Dodgers hits came from the bottom of their order, as No. 7 hitter Mike Edwards hit an RBI double in the second and Jason Phillips, the No. 8 hitter, hit a two-run home run in the fourth, but the Dodgers already trailed 6-0 at that point.

The loss hammered the Dodgers deeper in the standings and are now closer to the fourth-place Giants than the second-place Padres. At the exact half-way point of the painful season the standings are:

  Team            w-l   pct.    gb 
Padres 45-37 .549 --
Diamondbacks 41-42 .494 4.5
Dodgers 38-43 .469 6.5
Giants 34-46 .425 10.0
Rockies 28-52 .350 16.0


Two on star team-In a slim beam of sunlight in an otherwise dark and stormy night, shortstop Cesar Izturis was chosen for the All-Star Game. Jeff Kent, had a big lead for the second base job, will be one of the National League' starters for the fifth time in his 14-year career. Izturis, who trailed early in the voting, rallied to lead the list before falling into third place, was one of the eight position players selected by his peers and will make his All-Star debut July 12 in Detroit. The two selections mark the first time that a Dodger double-play combination will appear in the same All-Star Game since 1980, when Davey Lopes and Bill Russell accomplished the feat. Kent entered Sunday's game with a .302 average and team highs with 15 home runs and 59 RBI. Izturis, who started the season on a tear, has seen his average has fall to .275 thanks to a month-long slump. Izturis missed his third consecutive game Sunday with a sore hamstring and is not expected to play tonight in Denver. St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein won the fans' vote, with 2.2 million votes to Izturis' 1.6 million. Izturis made the team, however, when he won the vote taken around the league by major league players, managers and coaches. Injury report: Ricky Ledee (hamstring) ran at three-quarters speed and could be activated from the disabled list before the end of the upcoming road trip. Wilson Alvarez (shoulder) threw 23 pitches to hitters and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. …Odalis Perez will return Tuesday and the team opens a four-game set Monday against the National League's worst team-- but we remember the Kansas City series, don't we? The Rockies are always different team at Coors Field than they are on the road. They have a 21-19 mark in Denver but are a woeful 7-33 away from home. Opening game pitching matchup Monday will pit Jeff Weaver, 7-7, 4.51 ERA but coming off a strong June showing (2-3, 2.61) vs RHP Byung-Hyun Kim, 2-7, 6.04. … Sunday night's fireworks show at Dodger Stadium had to be cut short after a couple of brush fires broke out in Chavez Ravine despite a relative humidity of 68 percent at game time. ... The Rockies started six rookies in a Saturday victory over the Cardinals. ... Sunday's Dodger Stadium crowd of 55,868 was the second-largest in park history. Opening Day 2005 drew the top total of 55,891.

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