Rockies’ Walker Goes on 15-Day DL
DENVER (AP) _ Colorado right fielder Larry Walker, last season’s NL MVP, asked the Rockies to place him on the 15-day disabled list Friday night.
Walker, bothered by soreness in his right elbow since having surgery in January to remove a bone spur, went on the DL retroactive to June 18.
Walker was hitting .336 in 66 games with nine homers, 39 RBIs and a major league-leading 29 doubles, and he assembled the longest hitting streak in the majors this season _ 20 games from May 4-25.
However, he failed to start in the last three games and in seven of the last 12. He has been bothered while hitting and throwing.
``The pain hasn’t gotten any worse, it just hasn’t gone away,″ Walker said. ``I’ve done all my treatment, everything they’ve asked me to, and it’s getting me nowhere. So I’m going to try things my way this time.
``There was talk of maybe trying to force it and keep playing for a couple more weeks and then going on (the DL) after the All-Star break. But I decided to do it now and come back on July 3. The first nine games back will be against teams in our division, and that was a big factor in the decision.″
He said he intended to play briefly in the All-Star game ``because it’s here at Coors Field.″
To replace Walker on the major-league roster, the Rockies purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Barry from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room for Barry on the 40-man roster, the Rockies transferred ailing right-hander Mark Thompson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.