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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Infante could miss up to two months

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves infielder and part-time leadoff hitter Omar Infante could be out as long as two months after breaking a bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night.

Infante's fifth metacarpal -- the bone extending from his little finger to his wrist -- was broken when he was hit by Manny Corpas of the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of the Braves' 12-4 win.

Infante, who had two hits to raise his average to .349, left the game and X-rays immediately showed the fracture.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said he expects Infante to miss six to eight weeks. Infante had a similar injury in spring training last year.

Cox called the loss of Infante "huge."

"He's been on fire the whole year," Cox said. "He can play several positions and he can play them well."

Infante will be evaluated by Dr. Gary Lourie on Thursday.

Infante has shared time with Kelly Johnson at second base and has made fill-in starts at shortstop and third base as well as playing three games in the outfield.