ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Bob Horner suffered a broken wrist diving for a ball last week and is expected to miss the rest of the season, team physician Dr. Robert Wells announced today.
Horner originally broke his right wrist last August.
He did not play in the Braves' five-game sweep of Cincinnati over the weekend and returned to Atlanta Sunday night.
Wells examined the wrist today and said X-rays showed a break in the navicular bone in basically the same place as last year.
'It is not likely Horner will be able to play the rest of this season,' Wells said.
After the examination, Horner's wrist was placed in a cast and arrangements were made by Wells to treat the wrist with electrical stimulation.
Horner had expressed concern to several teammates about the slow recovery of his wrist. He received two cortisone shots in a three-day span during the past week, but said, 'It still hurts.'
Horner originally broke the wrist sliding into a base Aug. 13, 1983, and missed the final 43 games of last season. He sat out 16 games this year when he injured his left shoulder. He returned from the disabled list May 17 and was hitting .383 with 11 RBI.
He reinjured the wrist May 29 diving for a ball against the Chicago Cubs. He played the next day before the pain forced him from the lineup. Randy Johnson and Jerry Royster have filled in at third base.
He has been on the disabled list three times in the last three seasons and has missed 170 games because of injuries during his seven years with the Braves.
The Braves are expected to put Horner on the 60-day emergency disabled list.