Twins' Hunter catches left leg on outfield wall

Updated: July 29, 2005, 11:43 PM ET
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Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter has a torn tendon in his left ankle and will be sidelined for at least 4-6 weeks, ESPN's Harold Reynolds learned Friday night.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
98 14 56 63 .337 .269

Hunter, who was taken off the field on a stretcher in the Twins' 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox, will remain with the Twins through the weekend, then fly back to Minnesota on Monday to have an MRI. The MRI should determine if the damage is more extensive.

"I never knew Spider-Man could get hurt, but he usually heals fast," Hunter said.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Hunter will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"It was pretty scary. We know it's not good, but we'll hope for the best," Gardenhire said.

With two outs and none on in the first inning, Boston's David Ortiz hit a ball to the triangle in deep right-center at Fenway. Hunter tried to climb the 6-foot wall near the bullpen to make the catch, but he planted his left foot awkwardly and fell to the ground in obvious pain.

Hunter grabbed the area around his Achilles' tendon before the medical staff carted him off the field. Lew Ford replaced Hunter, and Ortiz wound up with a double.

Minnesota entered the day a game behind Oakland for the AL wild-card lead. An All-Star in 2002, Hunter has won four straight Gold Glove awards. He was hitting .269 with 14 homers and 56 RBI.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.