Sixteen-game winner Greg Maddux could miss his next start for the Braves after chipping a bone in his pitching wrist when he tumbled to the ground trying to catch a foul ball.

Maddux arrived at Turner Field yesterday wearing a brace on his right wrist, one day after the injury.

"It's sore," Maddux said. "We'll have to wait a couple of days and see how it feels."

Braves GM John Schuerholz described the injury as a "small chip of a small bone in his wrist."

Maddux (16-6), a four-time Cy Young Award winner, began the day tied for the NL lead in wins, despite allowing a major league-worst 213 hits and having an ERA of 3.61 -- the highest since his rookie season with the Cubs in 1987.

TAKING A GAMBLE: The man who said he was Pete Rose's bookmaker intends to resume the career that led to his serving time in prison but plans to choose clients more carefully.

"There's going to be illegal gambling from now on until eternity," Ron Peters told the Cincinnati Enquirer for a story yesterday. "And I'm going to be part of it. This time, though, it will be on a much smaller scale. I don't want that type of high-profile client any more."