Klesla put on injured reserve with broken hand

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla was expected to miss six weeks after breaking his left hand
in a fight, and was
placed on injured reserve Thursday.

He was hurt in a 3-1 victory Wednesday night against St. Louis.

The 23-year-old Klesla missed the first 12 games of the season
after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right leg on
Sept. 26. He returned Nov. 1 and scored a goal in the Blue Jackets'
5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Klesla was the first draft pick in franchise history, and was
chosen fourth overall in 2000. He has 15 goals and 33 assists in
206 career games.