DENVER, June 9 -- The Colorado Rockies suffered a costly loss Sunday in their 8-3 defeat to the Atlanta Braves when center fielder Larry Walker broke his left collarbone. Walker was chasing a long fly by Atlanta's Jeff Blauser and hit the center-field wall with his left shoulder.
Blauser ended up with a two- run triple. The 1992 All-Star left the game and will miss at least the next eight weeks. He will have his left arm in a harness and a sling for the next three weeks and will begin light activities thereafter. 'I met him at home plate and he said he heard something crack when he hit the wall,' Colorado manager Baylor said. 'We'll have to pick up the slack. We'll mix and match when he's gone.' 'Somebody is going to have to step up,' Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette said. 'It's tough. Very few players in the league can do everything Larry can do. He runs bases, hits for power and plays a good center field. When he gets hot, he can carry this ballclub.' Walker is batting .283 with 14 homers and 43 RBI in 198 at-bats over 53 games this season. He has 10 doubles and four triples with 12 steals in 13 attempts.