The Brewers placed 3B Russell Branyan on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a broken middle finger on his left hand, and Dave Krynzel was recalled from Class AAA Nashville to replace him on the roster.

Branyan, hitting .247 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games, was injured during Wednesday night's 5-2 victory at San Diego when he attempted to bunt for a hit.

"He was 0 for 11 against lefties, and they were playing back -- so he thought he'd give it a shot and he bunted it off his finger," Manager Ned Yost said. "We're keeping it splinted so that he can ice it. It's really swollen right now. They think it's going to be somewhere between two to four weeks."

Krynzel, the 11th overall pick in the June 2000 draft, played in 16 games last season with the Brewers, going 9 for 41 with three RBI.

* UNEXPECTED SHOWER: Shea Stadium's infield sprinkler system interrupted play in the first inning of last night's game between the Diamondbacks and Mets.

With Luis Gonzalez batting against New York starter Pedro Martinez, the sprinklers suddenly began spraying water. Martinez, C Mike Piazza and plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt got wet but the Mets infielders backed up to the dirt part of the field and stayed dry. Play was halted for two minutes.

"George would have fired the whole staff," Mets Manager Willie Randolph said, commenting on how his old boss, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, might have reacted. "Heads would be turning, for sure."

-- From News Services

The Mets' Pedro Martinez can't help but laugh after the Shea Stadium sprinklers came on during the first inning last night.