06/22/07 12:19 AM ET
Tejada reportedly has broken wrist
Injury would halt O's shortstop's consecutive-games streak
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Tejada was hit by a pitch late in Wednesday's game, and initial X-rays didn't show any broken bones. There was enough concern, however, to send him to the hospital for further testing. Tejada and interim manager Dave Trembley both denied any knowledge of the test results Thursday after Baltimore's 6-3 win over San Diego.
Earlier in the day, executive Jim Duquette explained the team's difficulty in diagnosing the injury.
"He had an old injury in there, so they couldn't tell if it was old or new," said Duquette, Baltimore's vice president of baseball operations. "We need to talk to the radiologist and try to get a sense for how he's feeling."
Despite the uncertainty, Tejada started Thursday's game and was removed after his first at-bat. The four-time All-Star dropped down a feeble bunt in the first inning and immediately left the game for a pinch-runner. Tejada has played in every game since June of the 2000 season, and Trembley wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
"I believe you walk a fine line between what's right for your team and what's right for Miguel Tejada -- out of respect, because I believe he's earned that," Trembley said. "Today, I took him out of the game for the team, but I allowed him to have that at-bat out of respect for him. We'll see what we have to do tomorrow, keeping both things in mind."
Tejada, a former American League Most Valuable Player, was working on the fifth-longest consecutive games streak of all time. He had already passed the streaks of two Hall of Famers -- Joe Sewell and Billy Williams -- earlier this season and was 55 games away from tying 10-time All-Star Steve Garvey for the fourth-longest streak.
"The swelling's gone down," said Tejada after Thursday's game. "Before the game, I was feeling a little bit nervous. ... I'm feeling much better now. My hand is much better now."
Trembley and Baltimore's training staff had to talk him into leaving Wednesday night's game early -- and it took a big lead to convince him it was a good idea. On Thursday, Tejada went along with the plan to put him in the game temporarily and lift him, but mostly because he didn't feel comfortable swinging the bat.
"It's sore. It's definitely sore," Duquette said early in the day. "Until he really starts to swing the bat, I don't think you can get a sense for if he can do that. ... He really is tough. For most guys, it wouldn't even be a question, but he was saying, 'I'm playing tomorrow. I'm playing tomorrow.' He didn't care what the results were -- he was playing."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.