Originally created 04/28/04

Blue Jays place Myers on 15-day DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed catcher Greg Myers on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a sprained left ankle.

Myers, who was injured in Monday night's win at Minnesota, is expected to miss at least four weeks, manager Carlos Tosca said. The Blue Jays purchased catcher Gregg Zaun's contract from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Myers' roster spot.

Tosca said Myers also has a deep bone bruise.

"That's probably as big a contributor as the sprain," the manager said.

Myers was rounding third base on Orlando Hudson's double in the eighth when his ankle rolled on the turf, and he collapsed in pain. Myers was tagged out to end the inning before being taken off on a cart and escorted to the hospital for X-rays, which came back negative.

On Tuesday, Myers wore a protective boot and was using crutches to get around.

"It's pretty painful," he said.

Myers said he injured the ankle when he changed his stride to hit the bag. But he didn't blame the Metrodome's new synthetic grass surface, FieldTurf. Some players have complained the new surface is too soft.

The 38-year-old Myers is in his 15th major league season. He batted .307 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs for the Blue Jays last year - all career highs. Kevin Cash replaced him in the lineup.


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