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May 11, 2006 - Fractured wrist ends Matsui's streak
by SG

NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui will miss an extended period of time for the Yankees, as the left fielder suffered a fractured left wrist in the first inning of Thursday night's game against the Red Sox.

Matsui was injured while attempting a sliding catch on Mark Loretta's fly ball to shallow left field. Matsui landed on his left arm as he slid, and his arm appeared to bend awkwardly in the wrist area.

After retrieving the ball and throwing it to the infield, Matsui sat back down on the ground. Manager Joe Torre and team trainer Gene Monahan tended to Matsui, escorting him off the field as Monahan held his arm to stabilize it.

Still in full uniform, with a sling supporting his arm, Matsui was taken to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was examined by Dr. Stuart Hershon, the Yankees' team physician, and hand specialist Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.

X-rays revealed a fractured left wrist, which will require surgery, to be performed on Friday at Columbia-Presbyterian. It is unclear how much time Matsui will miss.

Early estimates are anywhere from 4-8 weeks. This stinks.