LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Rey Ordonez, the three-time Gold Glove shortstop of the New York Mets, might be sidelined six weeks after breaking his left forearm while making a tag.
He flew to New York on Tuesday to have his arm examined by the team physician, the Mets said. The initial diagnosis was a ``non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone.″
Ordonez was injured at second base during the first inning of Monday’s game in Los Angeles, won by the Dodgers 4-1.
After taking a wide throw from first baseman Todd Zeile, Ordonez made a backhand tag and his arm struck the helmet of baserunner F.P. Santangelo.
Ordonez, 27, was hitting only .188. But Mets manager Bobby Valentine was dismayed about losing his starting shortstop, who had a career-high 60 RBI in 1999. He called Ordonez an ``integral part of the team.″
Ordonez batted .246 the past four seasons with the Mets and finished 1999 with 100 straight games without an error _ a major league record _ also setting an NL record with just four errors in 640 chances.
``We have Kurt Abbott, Melvin Mora and Joe McEwing to play there,″ Valentine said Monday. ``I’d like to have Rey back, but we’ll do the best we can without him.″
Abbott was previously with Oakland, Florida and Colorado, batting .273 for the Rockies in 1999. He was hitting .200 in 60 at-bats this season.
Mora was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday after Ordonez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Mora, who was hitting .245 with two homers and 11 RBIs before the injury, had been on rehabilitation assignment for an index finger injury.