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Greene Needs Plate Inserted in Broken Wrist

September 18, 1997|JOHN WEYLER

The rash of injuries that has plagued the Angels of late continued Wednesday when X-rays of catcher Todd Greene's broken right wrist revealed a displaced fracture that will require a plate to be inserted.

Greene, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 after suffering a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a foul tip, apparently was re-injured about a week ago when his daughter, Aryn, tugged on his arm.

"We even get hurt when we're on the disabled list," Manager Terry Collins said.

Greene, who was out for the season anyway, is expected to be ready for spring training next year.


Left-hander Chuck Finley, who broke his left wrist during a fall while backing up home plate Aug. 19, had his cast removed and will begin range-of-motion exercises.


Collins said an Ozzie Smith home run that propelled St. Louis to a victory over his Houston team late last season was the turning point in the Astros' failure to win the National League Central title.

If the Angels fall short this season, what would he consider the turning point this time?

"When Greene went down one day and Finley went down the next," he said. "We haven't played very well since then."

The Angels were 66-52 and tied with Seattle for first place when Finley was injured. They are 13-21 since.


ANGELS' JASON DICKSON (13-7, 4.06 ERA) vs. A's DAVE TELGHEDER (3-5, 5.87 ERA)

Anaheim Stadium, 3 p.m.

Radio--KTZN (710).

* Update--Dickson has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last two starts, giving up 11 hits and five runs in 13 1/3 innings. He struck out eight, gave up only four hits and left with the scored tied, 1-1, with two out in the seventh Sunday against Kansas City. Seven Angel relief pitchers later, the Royals came away with a 3-1 victory. Opponents are batting .322 against Telgheder, who is averaging 5 1/3 innings a start. All 23 position players who have played for Oakland this year have hit a home run, the first time in major league history all of a team's non-pitchers have homered.

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