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Friday, May 12, 2006
Phillies' Rowand on DL after breaking nose

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The day after making a spectacular, run-saving catch, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Aaron Rowand had surgery to repair a broken nose.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, and the Phillies called up outfielder Chris Roberson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rowand also sustained fractures around his left eye when he ran into the outfield wall while making the catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning of a 2-0 rain-shortened home victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

"Right now, it looks like it's going to take 15 to 20 days," manager Charlie Manuel said before Friday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Rowand ran face-first into the wall while making an over-the-shoulder catch of a deep fly ball by Xavier Nady. Rowand, who was acquired in the trade that sent Jim Thome to the Chicago White Sox, held up his glove to show he made the catch and was immediately tended to by medical personnel. He was bleeding profusely and held a towel on his face as he was helped off the field to a standing ovation.

"I've seen a lot of great catches," Manuel said. "To say that was the greatest catch -- I don't know. That would be tough.

"I think it becomes the greatest catch because of the effort, the determination, the want-to. The way he caught the ball -- he knew he was definitely going to hit the fence. With all the things that happened, I think it definitely might be the best catch I've ever seen."