Phils' Rowand out 4-6 weeks with broken ankle

Updated: August 22, 2006, 7:13 PM ET
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As the Phillies make their push for the NL wild card, they will have to do it without starting center fielder Aaron Rowand.

Rowand suffered a fractured left ankle in a scary outfield collision with teammate Chase Utley on Monday night and will miss four to six weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

AP Photo/Jeff RobersonAaron Rowand (left) and Utley collide during the eighth inning.

The Phillies placed Rowand on the 15-day disabled list and said they would make a roster move to replace him at a later time.

Rowand left Philadelphia's game with the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning on Monday night after colliding with Utley.

Rowand was charging a flair off the bat off John Mabry in short center, and Utley was running at full speed from the infield. The second baseman appeared to catch the ball just before the collision, which snapped his arm back and knocked the ball loose.

Rowand tumbled forward a number of times, landing awkwardly on his wrist, head and ankle before finally settling. He stayed on the ground clutching his wrist and then winced when he tried to stand and had to be helped off. He was unable to put weight on his right leg as he struggled into the dugout with the help of teammates.

Rowand was undergoing precautionary X-rays on a sprained right ankle, the team said in the ninth inning.

Utley stayed in the game and did not appear to be badly injured.

Mabry cruised all the way around to third base on the play, but he was stranded. The Phillies led 6-3 at the time.

Rowand missed time earlier this season after breaking his nose in a crash into the outfield fence while making a catch in Philadelphia.

With their 6-5 victory on Monday night, the Phillies (62-62) got back to the .500 mark and currently trail the wild-card leading Reds by 2½ games.

Rowand is hitting .262 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI this season after arriving in Philadelphia from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Jim Thome.

He will return to Philadelphia from Chicago to see a specialist after he is cleared to fly.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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