Rowand breaks nose, leaves game for hospital

Aaron Rowand broke his nose and was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for stitches Thursday night after a fantastic catch knocked him out of Philadelphia's game against the New York Mets.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning, Xavier Nady hit a deep drive off Gavin Floyd to center field that put Rowand on the run.

Rowand made the catch in his outstretched glove as he smacked face-first into the fence and collapsed to the ground. He gamely held up his mitt to show the ball and then rested on his hands and knees as trainers and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel ran out.

Rowand, acquired in the trade that sent Jim Thome to the White Sox, held a towel on his face as he was helped off the field to a standing ovation.

Shane Victorino replaced Rowand in the second inning.

Earlier this season, Rowand requested additional padding be added to the fence. The padding was ordered immediately but did not arrive until a couple days ago. (Rowand had been informed of the progress.) The padding is scheduled to be installed next week.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.