Royals' German Is Hit in the Face by Fly Ball

Monday, May 1, 2006

Royals CF Esteban German left yesterday's home game against the Athletics in the sixth inning after being hit in the face by a fly ball.

German, the second Royals center fielder to leave a game early in as many days, appeared to misjudge Nick Swisher 's deep drive to left center. The ball missed his glove, hit him in the face and rolled along the wall as German lay on the warning track.

Eric Chavez , who was credited with a sacrifice fly and an RBI, reached third on the error as two runs scored, giving the Athletics a 10-5 lead. They scored six runs in the inning to go up 11-5.

The Royals already have two center fielders on the disabled list, David DeJesus and Shane Costa , with hamstring injuries.

· SHEFFIELD SIDELINED : Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield did not start yesterday against the Blue Jays because his left hand was sore after a collision with Toronto 1B Shea Hillenbrand on Saturday.

"We're going to look into it a little bit and do some tests," New York Manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully, it's nothing more than sore at this time. If that's the case, then he's gotten his days off."

Sheffield was examined by team physician Stuart Hershon . An MRI exam revealed no additional injuries, and the right fielder was day-to-day with a bruised left wrist.

Bernie Williams played right field for the Yankees and Jason Giambi moved up to Sheffield's No. 3 spot in the batting order.

Hillenbrand was in the lineup as the designated hitter after having a CT scan that came back fine. He was riding a nine-game hitting streak, batting .533 (16 for 30) during that span to raise his average from .217 to .347 with three homers and 12 RBI.

· BRADLEY OUT : Oakland OF Milton Bradley was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game because of a sore left knee, and Manager Ken Macha said yesterday that Bradley also has some pain in his lower right side.

There were no immediate plans to place Bradley on the disabled list, Macha said before the A's game against the Royals.

Bradley left Tuesday's game at Texas early because of his knee, and the A's have been evaluating him each day. Macha said trainers do not believe the pain in Bradley's side was caused by favoring the sore knee.

He was hitting .246 with three homers and eight RBI.

-- From News Services

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