|Saturday, April 14
Walker to miss two games
DENVER Colorado Rockies right fielder Larry Walker, who ranks among the league leaders in nearly every offensive category, is expected to miss at least two games with a sprained right ankle.
The injury, sustained Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the latest setback for the two-time NL batting champion and interrupted one of the best starts of his 12-year career.
Walker had hit in all 10 of Colorado's games and his .425 average, six homers and 16 RBI put him in the top three in each category among NL players. He also had homered in three of four games, including a 442-foot shot against three-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson on Friday.
"He's been pretty locked in," manager Buddy Bell said. "It's just disappointing he can't play."
Because of injuries, Walker has played more than 140 games just twice in his career. He missed the final six weeks of 2000 with the onset of a stress fracture in his right elbow.
In addition to Saturday's game, Bell planned to hold Walker out Sunday as well. The Rockies are off Monday.
"I was going to give him a rest anyway," Bell said. "Now he'll have two days and the off day to get better."
Bell was not sure how Walker sprained the ankle, but it may have happened when he and center fielder Mark Little collided while chasing a fly ball in the second inning Friday. Walker showed no sign of injury after making the catch, playfully smoothing Little's hair as the two recovered.
In his career, Walker was 15-for-43 with two homers and six RBI against Morgan.