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Pirates' Bay Suffers Wrist Injury

Wednesday, March 9, 2005; Page D05

Jason Bay, the 2004 NL rookie of the year, will be out at least a week after he jammed his left wrist yesterday diving for a fly ball in the fifth inning of the Pirates' 10-4 loss to the Reds.

Bay was injured when he attempted to catch Adam Dunn's drive near the left field line. He immediately clutched his wrist and was removed after Manager Lloyd McClendon conferred with trainer Brad Henderson.

Jason Bay, the 2004 NL rookie of the year, grimaces after diving for a ball. A bone bruise was diagnosed. (Gene J. Puskar -- AP)

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He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., where X-rays and an MRI exam showed Bay had a bone bruise in his left wrist. He is week-to-week but should be ready for Opening Day, team spokesman Jim Trdinich said.

"I think Jason was scared more than anything," McClendon said. "When we were coming in, he didn't say anything bad. He wanted to stay in the game, but . . . you want to make sure everything is okay."

Bay has gotten off to a slow start since becoming the first Pirates player to be selected the NL's top rookie. He went 0 for 2 yesterday and has one hit in 15 at-bats this spring.

Jacob Cruz helped the Reds build a 6-1 lead with a three-run homer off Mark Redman in the third inning. Robert Stratton added a solo shot, his third homer against the Pirates in two days. Brandon Claussen and Aaron Harang each worked three innings for the Reds.

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