The Pittsburgh Pirates' Barry Bonds, the National League' Most Valuable Player last season, left yesterday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning after he crashed into the left-field wall while catching Mark Grace's foul fly.
Bonds bruised his left knee and left thumb when he crashed into the wall in foul territory, the Pirates said. Bonds came out of the game, but it was not immediately known if he would be sidelined.
"The knee seems to be OK, but the thumb is sore," Pirates manager Jim Leyland said. "He'll miss [today's] game but should be ready to play [tomorrow] night."
* BREWERS: A state lottery game with a baseball theme could help finance a new ballpark, a member of the county's Board of Supervisors said Friday.
Thomas Meaux said he was preparing a resolution in which the board would ask the Wisconsin legislature to authorize a special ticket game for the lottery, reserving the proceeds for stadium construction.
The Brewers have offered to build a replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium if local governments will pay for site preparation, including relocation of an expressway.
The cost to taxpayers has been estimated at $63.3 million. A typical state lottery game that sells 30 million tickets generates about $10 million net revenue, lottery spokesman Steven Madsen said.