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Marcus Giles: possible broken thumb, out min. 1 week

Postby The Big Train » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:19 am

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SAN DIEGO -- When Marcus Giles arrived at PETCO Park on Saturday afternoon, he was quite confident his left thumb was broken. But because he played 11 innings with the ailment on Friday night, the Braves are hopeful he simply suffered a sprain.
As a precaution, Braves trainer Jeff Porter had X-rays taken of Giles' thumb. Results weren't available before the start of Saturday night's game against the Padres. But it appears certain the veteran second baseman will be out of the lineup until at least the start of next weekend's series in Philadelphia.

"We know he sprained it," Porter said. "If we can get the swelling down to where he can grip a bat, he'll be back playing. That might be four or five days."

Giles suffered the injury while sliding headfirst into second base on a successful stolen base attempt in the first inning of Friday night's 15-12, 11-inning victory. He played the remainder of the game and even contributed a clutch single in the ninth inning.

But when he awoke on Saturday, the swelling had increased and he was unable to bend the thumb. He says the discomfort was similar to what he felt when he fractured his left middle finger while sliding headfirst into second base in an April 18 game against the Mets at Shea Stadium.

"It feels too much the same as it did in New York in April," Giles said before the X-rays were taken on Saturday. "But we'll see. I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong."

With Giles unavailable on Saturday night, the Braves replaced him with Wilson Betemit at second base and in the leadoff spot. If it's determined that the veteran second baseman will miss significant time, the club could promote Tony Pena from Triple-A Richmond.
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:00 pm

Wilson Betemit, an excellent keeper, will have 2B eligibility after today's game to go with 3B and SS.
Chris Iannetta was born on Krypton and transported to Earth as an infant and saves the universe when he's not getting on base every plate appearance.
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Postby madstork43 » Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:16 pm

any news on this topic?

is it broken?
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Postby The Big Train » Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:40 pm

There doesn't appear to be any official news from the Braves about this yet. Most of the news articles that mention him are suggesting that it is a severe sprain. Whether that is true, and what his timetable for returing will be, hasn't been revealed. Hard to say, but I'm guessing he's out for several days.
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Postby checkers » Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:52 pm

Marcus Giles (2B) Atl plans to return to action during the series that begins today, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I'm not ruling out (playing Monday) said Giles. He plans to test his sprained thumb by swinging a bat and taking batting practice this afternoon.
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