Is hunting season open on MLB outfielders?

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By Allison Crawford

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Thursday night, the New York Yankees lost yet another outfielder. Hideki Matsui, the Yankees’ leftfielder, ran in for the catch and broke his left wrist when he bent down to catch the ball. Matsui threw the ball to the infield and medical personnel immediately ran out to Matsui’s aide. He underwent surgery today and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Yankees’ manager Joe Torre estimated that Matsui would be gone for three months. With this injury, Matsui ended his 518 consecutive-games streak.

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Matsui wasn’t the only outfielder to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an injury Thursday night. The Philadelphia Phillies’ centerfielder Aaron Rowand was running back to the fence to catch a ball and hit his face on the fence. As a result, he broke his nose and also fractured the bones around his left eye. Earlier this season, Rowand requested that additional padding be added to the fence. The padding was ordered and arrived just a few days ago. The padding is scheduled to be installed next week.