Sixth-inning pitch breaks Santiago's hand

Updated: June 19, 2004, 7:34 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Royals catcher Benito Santiago will miss six to eight weeks after breaking his left hand in Kansas City's 10-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

Benito Santiago
Catcher
Kansas City Royals
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
48 6 23 15 1 .274

Santiago left the game after he was hit by a pitch from Geoff Geary in the sixth inning. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and is hitting .274 with six homers and 23 RBI in his first season with Kansas City.

"It cracked pretty good," Santiago said. "It's a hard thing to go through right now, but there's nothing I can do."

Santiago, 39, signed a $4.3 million, two-year contract in December after playing three seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He'll be replaced by Kelly Stinnett.

"He's played really well for us. It's a big loss," Royals manager Tony Pena said.


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