Myers slipped on Metrodome's soft surface

Updated: April 27, 2004, 12:54 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Toronto Blue Jays catcher Greg Myers came out of Monday night's game against the Minnesota Twins with a left ankle injury.

Myers was rounding third base on Orlando Hudson's double in the eighth when his ankle rolled on the turf. He collapsed in pain while clutching his left knee and was tagged out to end the inning.

Myers was carried off the field on a cart and taken to the hospital for X-rays, which turned out negative. After a 6-1 victory, Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said he didn't know the severity of the injury.

The Metrodome has a new synthetic grass surface this year, FieldTurf, and players have complained that it's too soft.

Officials say it will firm up with more use, but it appears to have contributed to more than one injury this month. Cleveland first baseman Ben Broussard sprained an ankle and Minnesota center fielder Torii Hunter strained a hamstring in the season's first series.

Myers, 38, is in his 15th major league season. He batted .307 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs for the Blue Jays last year -- all career highs. He was replaced by Kevin Cash.

Myers also played for Minnesota from 1996-97.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press