Alou placed on 15-day disabled list

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Moises Alou was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a badly sprained right ankle, leaving the San Francisco Giants without their primary protection in the lineup for Barry Bonds.

The Giants recalled catcher Justin Knoedler from Double-A Connecticut to take Alou’s spot on the roster. The right fielder was carted off the field during Friday night’s game against Philadelphia after getting hurt while chasing a foul ball.

The 39-year-old Alou maneuvered through the clubhouse on crutches Saturday, wearing a walking boot to immobilize his right foot. When he took it off, he had a bandage on the outside of his right ankle, which was heavily swollen and bruised.

The Giants still weren’t sure how long they will be without Alou, hampered by leg injuries throughout his career.

“We won’t know anything new today or the next few days,” manager Felipe Alou said.

Batting behind Bonds, Moises Alou is hitting .378 this season with a team-leading seven homers and 25 RBIs. Without him, the seven-time NL MVP is likely to receive even more walks.

“You just weather the storm,” outfielder Steve Finley said. “You never want to lose a guy like that, but sometimes good things can happen.”

San Francisco also is missing second baseman Ray Durham, on the DL since April 28 with a strained left hamstring.

Randy Winn played right field Saturday night against the Phillies. Finley started in center and batted fifth behind Bonds, who entered the game with 712 homers – two behind Babe Ruth for second place on baseball’s career list.

The 41-year-old Finley now will get a chance to play regularly again. Asked about Bonds being walked intentionally with him on deck, Finley gave a double thumbs-up and said he won’t take it personally.

“Heck, no. I just look at it as more opportunities for me to drive in runs,” Finley said. “(But) I’m not going to do it all the time.”

Felipe Alou, Moises’ father, acknowledged he is worried about Bonds’ protection in the lineup and how Moises’ injury might affect the offense.

Bonds had been walked 28 times in 24 games, including 13 intentional free passes.

“You know, they’ve been walking Barry even though Mo is hitting .380 or .370,” the manager said. “My concern is the walks to Barry. It wasn’t before.

“If it’s only a couple of weeks it might not be too bad.”

The Giants called up Knoedler because they needed another catcher. Backup Todd Greene is still banged up after taking the brunt of a jarring home-plate collision with Prince Fielder on Thursday in Milwaukee.

Felipe Alou said Greene is feeling a little better and Knoedler might only be up for a couple of days.

“Monday we’ll see what we’re going to do,” the manager said.

Knoedler was hitting .211 with one homer and eight RBIs in 21 games with the Defenders.

AP-ES-05-06-06 2027EDT

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