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Mets Outfielder Bell Injures Ankle

October 5, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Mets outfielder Derek Bell left Wednesday’s playoff opener against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning after injuring his right ankle while chasing a triple by Barry Bonds.

Bell sprained his ankle, and manager Bobby Valentine said Bell won’t play in Game 2 of their NL division series Thursday night.

``It’s an injury that will keep him from playing,″ Valentine said. ``He’s on crutches.″

Bell, who has been hurt several times this year, slipped and fell on the outfield grass when Bonds’ hit ricocheted off a wall and went past him in right field.

Bell, who hit .266 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs this season, limped over to the ball before crumpling to the grass. After team doctors examined him on the field, he tried to stay in the game.

But Bell lasted just four pitches until he limped toward the Mets’ dugout and asked to come out. He was replaced by Darryl Hamilton, who took his No. 7 spot in the lineup as well.

Moments later, Ellis Burks hit a three-run homer to give San Francisco a 5-1 lead. The game was the first in a best-of-five series.

Bell hurt a knee in August, then reinjured his left leg last week against Atlanta.

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