BALTIMORE -- David Newhan's quick start came to a bone-breaking halt on Monday night. The outfielder broke his right fibula while stealing second base in the first inning, and he's expected to miss six to eight weeks while he recovers.
"We won't really know until the surgery, when they get in there and see exactly what's going on," said Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo. "It's not a good thing for us. You hate to see that. He's been doing real well for us. We'll cross our fingers and hope everything goes well."
The Orioles didn't expect Newhan to work his way into a starting role, but he batted .408 in Spring Training and homered twice in the season's first 10 days. That helped erase the memory of his .202 batting average last season, and Baltimore started him in seven of the last eight games.
Newhan walked in the first inning Monday night. The stolen base seemed fairly ordinary, but Newhan slid and caught his leg underneath him.
The left-handed hitter had hit safely in eight of his 10 games this season, and he scored runs in six of them. His injury may have cheated him out of another run -- shortly after Newhan left the game, Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead.
"I haven't really looked at the replay, but my front foot went over the back and my back foot caught the bag. It rolled on me," said Newhan, who will see a specialist Tuesday and is expected to have surgery Thursday. "It's a disappointment, but it's just one of those things. I'll roll with it. It does me no good to sit here and be down about it."
Newhan, the son of former Los Angeles Times sportswriter Ross Newhan, has been an Oriole for 201 of his 265 big-league games. He hit .311 for Baltimore in 2004 and seemed to be stealing time from outfielders Luis Matos and Corey Patterson. Now, he has to undergo the strenuous rehab process before he fits back in for a chance at more playing time.
"Hopefully, they'll have some good news for me tomorrow -- that it's just a fracture," he said. "We'll put the pins in, and in six to eight weeks, I should be back playing."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.