Rockies rookie sensation Clint Barmes is expected to miss at least three months after breaking his left collarbone in a fall while carrying groceries up the stairs in his apartment building.
Barmes, a shortstop leading NL rookies in most offensive categories, will have surgery today and isn't expected to return until at least August.
In an interview yesterday, Barmes said he was returning home the previous night with groceries cradled in his left arm and a sweat shirt in his right hand. He got tired of waiting for the elevator and decided to take the stairs to his fourth-floor apartment.
"I figured, I'm an athlete, I can walk up the stairs, it's not that big a deal," he said. "Obviously, if I had to go back, I would have waited, or at least been a bit more careful going up."
Barmes said when he felt himself slipping, he dropped the sweat shirt and tried to grab onto the railing. Next thing he knew, he had landed directly on his shoulder.
Once in his apartment, he said it didn't feel too bad, but he moved it around, felt some cracking and knew something was wrong.
* C. JONES ON DL: The Braves placed 3B Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list and still aren't sure how long their team leader will be out.
Jones left Sunday's game in Pittsburgh when he re-injured his left foot. He was examined by Joe Chandler, the team orthopedist, yesterday and was scheduled to see a foot specialist and have an MRI exam today.
The Braves called up 3B Andy Marte from Class AAA Richmond.
* DRUG SUSPENSIONS: Four minor leaguers were suspended for 15 games by the commissioner's office for violating baseball's drug policies.
That brings to 70 the number of minor leaguers penalized for violations under the minor league program. Five have been suspended under the major league policy.
The four players suspended were LHP Angel Rocha (Diamondbacks); 1B Mario Delgado, (Orioles); RHP Felix Romero (Red Sox); and OF David Smith (Blue Jays).
-- From News Services