Guerrero put on DL with leg fracture


The St. Louis Cardinals put first baseman Pedro Guerrero on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. He suffered a hairline fracture of his right leg when he collided with catcher Tom Pagnozzi on Sunday.

The collision came while Guererro was catching a foul ball in the ninth inning of a 12-inning, 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

He remained in the game and drove in the tying runs in both the ninth and the 12th innings and scored the winning run.

Initial X-rays were negative, but team physician Stan London said a more detailed examination Monday indicated a fracture of the large bone several inches below the knee.

London said the average recovery time for such a fracture is four to six weeks.

Cardinals general manager Dal Maxvill said Guerrero's spot on the roster would be filled tomorrow.

On Monday, Guererro was named the National League's Player of the Week after hitting .367 (11-for-30) for seven games.

* UMPIRE: Major-league umpire Steve Palermo, who was shot in the back during the weekend after capturing a fleeing robbery suspect, remained in fair condition yesterday at a Dallas hospital.

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