Giants fear Bonds' arm is broken National League


NEW YORK -- The San Francisco Giants left Shea Stadium yesterday concerned and upset about a pitch from Eric Hillman that left Barry Bonds' right arm in a sling.

Bonds, generally considered the best player in baseball, might have suffered a broken arm when he was hit by a pitch just above the elbow in the third inning. He left in the fourth for X-rays that were inconclusive, and will undergo a bone scan today in San Francisco.

Bonds had hit a two-run homer in the first inning and came up in the third after Robby Thompson's homer gave the Giants a 3-1 lead. Hillman drilled Bonds with a 1-and-1 pitch and was warned by second base umpire Paul Runge. New York Mets manager Dallas Green went out to question the warning.

Giants manager Dusty Baker was unhappy about the pitch.

"I don't like it. Noboby likes it," Baker said, after the Giants' 7-4 loss. "It looked kind of obvious, especially after Barry hit a home run, Robby hit a home run and Barry's up next."

Hillman, who had trouble with command in four spotty innings, said: "I wasn't trying to hit him. Here's a guy making $7 million a year, so I've got to establish the inside of the plate."

On his way to the team bus, Bonds talked with Bobby Bonilla, his former teammate and a close friend. Asked about Bonds' mood, Bonilla said: "Any time you leave a baseball game with your arm in a sling, you're not going to be happy."

Bonilla homered from both sides of the plate for the sixth time in his career.

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