Milwaukee (20-19) at Washington (14-26)

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  • Game info: 2:35 pm EDT Thu May 20, 2004
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The Milwaukee Brewers might have to get used to playing without Wes Helms for some time as they close a three-game series with the Montreal Expos at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Helms slipped on a wet ramp outside the clubhouse before Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Expos and sprained his right knee. He was sent home for an MRI that will determine whether or not he will go on the disabled list.

“It’s just part of it,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “It’s the day we had.”

Helms was batting .252 with two homer runs after going .260 with 23 homers last season. He has hit safely in five straight games and nine of his last 10.

The starting third baseman was scheduled for a day off on Wednesday.

“There are accidental injuries and there are preventable injuries, and obviously, this one was accidental,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “We’ll wait, and determine if he is a (disabled list) guy, (and then) what we’ll do.”

Helms also hit his head in the fall, but Melvin said that the team isn’t worried about that.

“Ned said he hit his head pretty hard,” Melvin said. “He didn’t seem as concerned about the head, though.”

Bill Hall hit a go-ahead, three-run triple Wednesday, and Craig Counsell had four hits, including a double, for the Brewers, who have won five of their last eight.

Brian Schneider homered, and Endy Chavez had four hits, including two doubles for the Expos, who snapped a season-high four-game winning streak.

The start of the game was delayed by 59 minutes because of rain, and it was delayed 43 minutes because of weather in the middle of the fifth.

“They’re worth it if you win,” Yost said. “But that sure was a long one.”

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