Kent the latest injury to reeling Dodgers

Updated: July 6, 2005, 1:22 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Add Jeff Kent to the ever-growing injury list for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kent left Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to Colorado in the sixth inning with a strained left hamstring, just hours after the Dodgers placed All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list and learned that J.D. Drew will miss eight weeks with a broken wrist.

Jeff Kent
Second Base
Los Angeles Dodgers
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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
81 15 59 50 .371 .294

Kent, one of the few Opening Day regulars who hasn't missed time this season, said he pulled himself from the game when he felt the hamstring tightening up.

The Dodgers listed him as "day-to-day" and Kent said the team's dire injury problems won't force him to rush his comeback.

"Sometimes you go with what you've got," Kent said. "I didn't have a whole lot in the second half of the game today and I'm hoping I have more tomorrow. It's got nothing to do with the team we have. It's got everything to do with me and with what I can contribute."

Before the game, the Dodgers learned that Drew won't need surgery and is expected to return in about two months. Drew, who had the wrist broken when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, had a cast placed on the wrist Tuesday and will go back to the doctor in two weeks for a checkup.

Surgery would have likely ended his season, so manager Jim Tracy called the news, "the best case scenario for us."

"It will give him time to heal," Tracy said.

Izturis, one of best fielding shortstops in baseball, is hitting .275 with one homer and 20 RBI and was chosen for the All-Star game. He has been hampered by a sore right hamstring for nearly a month, though, and hasn't played since last Wednesday, when he had a bunt single to snap an 0-for-21 slump.

Izturis was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Thursday, meaning he'll be eligible to be activated shortly after the All-Star break. He will attend the All-Star game next Tuesday, although Tracy said it's doubtful he'll play.

"Putting him on the DL was the wisest thing to do," Tracy said. "He will only miss one game after the break."

Playing in Izturis' place, rookie Oscar Robles has eight hits in two games against the Rockies. On Monday, he hit the game-winning single in the 11th.

Drew, in the first year of a five-year, $55 million contract, is hitting .286 with 15 homers and 36 RBI.

Among other Los Angeles players on the disabled list are closer Eric Gagne, starting outfielder Milton Bradley, fourth outfielder Ricky Ledee, starting third baseman Jose Valentin, left-handed pitcher Wilson Alvarez and backup catcher Paul Bako. Gagne and Bako are out for the year.

Among players back on the active roster after missing extensive playing time besides Antonio Perez are starting outfielder Jayson Werth, starting pitcher Brad Penny.

The Dodgers have lost 15 of their last 21 games and trail the NL West-leading San Diego Padres by 5 games.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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