PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Pirates' Ryan Doumit badly sprained his right ankle only a couple of batters into his first appearance in nearly a month, and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Doumit was activated before Saturday night's game against the Cubs following a 26-day layoff with a wrist injury. Doumit entered in the fourth inning after Jason Bay developed right knee pain and was hurt on Mark DeRosa's one-out single while spinning to make the throw to second.
Doumit was diagnosed Sunday with a high ankle sprain, a more severe type of sprain that often sidelines pro athletes for at least a month. Doumit has had a series of injuries with Pittsburgh, including a hamstring problem that cause him to miss about half of the 2006 season.
Doumit likely will end the season with a .274 average, nine homers and 32 RBIs, again playing only about half a season.
Bay will undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine if there is any structural damage to his right knee. He needed offseason surgery a year ago on his left knee.
Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady still has not been cleared to play after sustaining a concussion Monday when he was hit in the head with a pitch. Nady has had occasional headaches since being hit, and will not be allowed to play as long as they continue.
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