9/15 OF Fuld day to day

Outfielder Sam Fuld was wearing a protective brace on his right wrist Tuesday after he injured his wrist making a diving catch of Frank Catalanotto’s fly ball on Monday night. Fuld underwent X-rays and an MRI Tuesday. He said he thought the problem was only ligament damage and a bone bruise, but wanted to wait for the test results.

“It was painful immediately,” Fuld said Tuesday. “It bothered me immediately after the game. … I woke up this morning and it was pretty swollen and not a whole lot better, so we went and got it checked out today.”

He was examined by the team’s hand specialist.

“I could be ready to play in a couple days,” Fuld said. “We’ll just wait to see what happens. I’m not ready to give up on the season by any means.”

Fuld has made daredevil plays part of his daily routine, crashing into the bullpen gate in Los Angeles last month, for example. He seems to survive. How did he hurt his wrist?

“When I reached to get the glove underneath the ball, it just kind of jammed the thumb into the ground and bent it backwards a little bit,” he said.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said if Fuld is going to be sidelined for an extended period of time, they would call up another outfielder. However, the only Minor League team still playing is Double-A Tennessee, which is in the Southern League playoffs. Two possibilities are Tyler Colvin and James Adduci.

— Carrie Muskat


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