Sunday, August 17, 2003

Thumb makes Dunn sit down


Sprain sends outfielder to disabled list for first time in career

By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

PHOTO GALLERY

Photos of Saturday's game
Adam Dunn, his left thumb in a cast, was on the way out the clubhouse door after the Reds' 5-2 loss Saturday when somebody asked him about a cast of another sort.

With what hand do you cast your fishing line?

Dunn thought for a second.

"I think I'm in trouble," he said, mimicking his fishing cast.

"Hey, no! I cast with my right," he said. "I'm in good shape then. But I think I'm going to have trouble getting a worm on the hook."

Dunn will have plenty of time for fishing the next two weeks if he can find somebody to bait his line. He sprained a ligament in his left thumb in Friday's game before hitting a game-winning, walk-off home run in the 10th inning to beat the Astros 9-7.

Dunn hurt the thumb when he dove for Richard Hidalgo's sinking line drive with one out in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game and blasted a home run to right field that almost went completely out of Great American Ball Park.

An MRI Saturday morning revealed the sprain, so Dunn was casted and placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"You want to jump on something like this right away - cast treatment or surgical treatment," said Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' medical director.

"The trainers made the right assessment during the game, but Adam said he wanted to stay in, and (they) were glad he did."

Dunn is the 16th different Red to go on the DL this year (21st DL overall) and the fifth since Dave Miley took over as manager July 28. It's Dunn's first time on the DL.




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