Padres place Tony Gwynn on DL

CHICAGO -- San Diego Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn went on the disabled list Thursday with a broken bone in his right hand.

Gwynn suffered the injury while fouling off a pitch in Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The Padres thought he had a sprained wrist, but an examination by a Chicago doctor revealed the break.

Padres manager Bud Black said Gwynn flew back to San Diego on Thursday for evaluation.

Black doesn't know how long Gwynn will be out. Black said Gwynn has made some great game-saving plays with his arm. He's posted a .212 batting average.

The Padres entered Thursday's game in Chicago with the NL's best record at 72-47 and a six-game lead over the San Francisco Giants. Chris Denorfia started in center.