Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Injuries Sideline Jordan, Rodriguez

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Injuries Sideline Jordan, Rodriguez

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Already beset by injuries, the Cardinals have lost two of their more productive players.

Outfielder Brian Jordan has been the team's top hitter, with a .538 average, two home runs and five runs driven in for three games. He will be out of the lineup for several days with a jammed right hand.

Jordan suffered the injury Friday night when he awkwardly stepped around New York Mets catcher Todd Hundley and then tried to brace himself.

Jordan attempted to take batting practice Saturday but barely could swing. He spent the rest of the time before the game getting treatments of ice and electronic stimulation. He pinch-ran in the ninth inning.

Meanwhile, lefthanded reliever Rich Rodriguez, thought to have been over his bout with shoulder tendinitis, has had a recurrence. Manager Joe Torre isn't counting on him for several days at least.

Rodriguez has appeared in one game, retiring all four hitters he faced for a total of five outs. He never warmed up Friday as the Cardinals tried to hold on to a lead.

"We have to get rid of the inflammation," Rodriguez said. "We've had nothing but good reports from the doctors. It was something I thought I could pitch through, but it just needs rest."

Rodriguez will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday and might be placed on the disabled list.

Jordan was injured in the seventh inning Friday when right fielder Carl Everett threw him out on a ball hit by Tom Pagnozzi.

Jordan said Hundley "caught me off guard. I tried to get around him and I tried to avoid falling on my shoulder.

"I was surprised I had that much time. Even when I had time, I could have lowered my shoulder into him, but I'm trying for longevity. I don't want to get hurt early."

Jordan contends that his history of baseball injuries stems from having to prove himself in spot duty. Now that he is a regular, he says he will be more aware of avoiding needless injury.

In the Cardinals' first three games, Jordan had two, two and then three hits. "I'm going to surprise a lot of people," he said.

Donovan Osborne, pitching for the first time in a "real" game since Aug. 23, 1993, had mixed reviews Saturday. He gave up three runs in five innings and struck out five but allowed two homers, to Everett and David Segui. …

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