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09/24/08 10:05 PM ET

Taveras' MRI reveals stress fracture

Rockies center fielder out for final five games of season

SAN FRANCISCO -- An MRI revealed that Rockies center fielder Willy Taveras has a stress fracture of the right tibia. The club scratched him from the lineup for Wednesday night's game with the Giants, and he'll miss the final five regular-season games.

Taveras said he has played through discomfort for the last three weeks.

"This is for my good," said Taveras, who has been unhappy with being in and out of the lineup from the season's first month. "Something can happen at any time, and it can be worse."

Head trainer Keith Dugger said it's unclear when Taveras was injured, but he believes it occurred when he was decelerating. Taveras, hitting .251 and leading the Majors with a Rockies-record 68 steals this season, has been experiencing pain while jogging but not while sprinting.

Taveras was supposed to lead off Wednesday's game. Instead, second baseman Clint Barmes was moved to the top spot and callup Dexter Fowler played center and batted eighth.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.