Mike Piazza will be sidelined until mid-September and perhaps the rest of the season because of a broken bone in his left hand.

After Piazza was hit by a foul tip during a game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 16, Manager Willie Randolph said his catcher would miss at least a few games.

Piazza had a CT scan Monday, and the 12-time all-star said doctors determined the hand needed 6 to 8 weeks to heal from the time of the injury.

"I know we don't have a lot of season left, but I'm still optimistic that I'll be able to try to come back and help as much as I can," Piazza said.

* BRADLEY'S TROUBLES: Police have responded three times to the home of Dodgers OF Milton Bradley on domestic violence calls, but neither he nor his pregnant wife were arrested or charged.

Redondo Beach, Calif., police counseled the couple after responding on June 28 and July 30. In the June report, Bradley told police his wife had hit and scratched him because she suspected him of cheating on her. The police reports were obtained by the Daily Breeze of Torrance (Calif.), which reported them yesterday.

On July 11, Bradley was not home when police arrived after his wife ran to a neighbor's to seek help during an argument, according to a police report.

Bradley's wife, who was four months pregnant at the time, told officers she and her husband had argued about "relationship issues." Her name was not released because she filed a confidential report.

Bradley is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Last season he was ordered to undergo anger management after being suspended for charging a fan, and last week he got in a dispute with teammate Jeff Kent.

-- From News Services

Mets catcher Mike Piazza needs 6 to 8 weeks for his broken left hand to heal.