Kearns broke his left forearm Monday after he was hit on the arm and wrist by a pitch in Cincinnati’s 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh, and is expected to miss at least three to four weeks.
The right fielder, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2002, will return to Cincinnati on Tuesday to be examined by team doctors. This is his second significant injury in two seasons. He injured his right shoulder last May and missed about half the 2003 season.
“It just seems like it can’t get much worse right now, with the start I got off to,” said Kearns, whose 2-for-23 slump has lowered his average to .137.
“It’s just so unfortunate, and must be so frustrating for him,” said Reds first baseman Sean Casey. “It’s just bad luck. I could feel the frustration when I came up here (to the clubhouse) in the sixth inning and found out it was broken.”
Casey continued his strong hitting on Monday with a two-run homer in the first inning. He is 15-for-29 with three homers and nine RBIs through a six-game hitting streak, and leads the team with a .425 batting average.
The Brewers look to bounce back from a frustrating loss this weekend as they continue an 11-game homestand.
Milwaukee took the first two in a series with St. Louis, but fell short of its first sweep over the NL Central rivals in four years. The Brewers were held scoreless Sunday until Keith Ginter’s solo home run in the eighth, and then Geoff Jenkins had an RBI double in the ninth in a 5-2 loss.
Milwaukee, though, is off to a good start after splitting its first 20 games and hovering around the .500 mark throughout the opening month. The Brewers began last year with a six-game losing streak and didn’t break even the entire season.