Braves OF Brian Jordan, bothered for months by a sore right hand, sat out yesterday's game and it wasn't known when he would return to the lineup.

Manager Bobby Cox even raised the possibility that Jordan could miss the rest of the season, which would be a devastating blow for a team that already has lost five players.

Jordan's hand has hurt since it was hit by a pitch from Montreal's Mike Thurman on June 22. Jordan was hitting .281 with 22 homers and a team-high 106 RBI.

DIAMONDBACKS ADD CASH: In an example of the high price of winning, the Diamondbacks went back to their investors for $24 million to meet a cash shortage.

"All this does is solidify our ability to meet our needs," managing general partner Jerry Colangelo said. "It should take care of our cash flow needs well into next year."

Colangelo said he could have gone to a bank for a loan to cover all or part of the projected shortfall, but decided to seek the money from investors.

Colangelo and his partners now have an investment of more than $350 million in the franchise, which is on the brink of becoming the first team to make the playoffs in its second year of existence.

SPRAGUE BREAKS HAND: Pirates 3B Ed Sprague broke his left hand when hit with a pitch yesterday and will miss the rest of the season. Sprague was struck on a 1-2 pitch by Reds starter Pete Harnisch and immediately dropped to his knees in pain. But after being checked by team trainers, he stayed in the game for two more innings. Sprague was lifted before the Reds batted in the third and taken to a hospital, where X-rays revealed the fracture.