I’m not sure how we will survive without them:

Tests performed on Thursday revealed that outfielder Ryan Freel suffered a hairline fracture of his left thumb. The 30-year-old suffered the injury on Tuesday night at Houston while diving for Luke Scott’s first-inning triple. He will not play in Cincinnati’s final 10 games.

Freel started on Wednesday against the Astros, but came out during the fifth inning. In 132 games this season, he batted .271 with eight homers and 27 RBIs. His 37 stolen bases tied a career high and gave him 35 or more steals for three straight seasons.

Norris Hopper, Chris Denorfia and Dewayne Wise will likely pick up more playing time in the outfield.

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

It was also learned that starting pitcher Eric Milton will have arthroscopic surgery on Friday morning to clean out his left elbow. Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek will perform the procedure.

It wasn’t expected that Milton would pitch again after he felt pain in Sunday’s loss at Chicago. The lefty retired just one batter and allowed six earned runs three days after he took a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation.

In 26 starts this season, Milton went 8-8 with a 5.19 ERA. Chris Michalak has already taken his spot in the rotation and will start on Friday against the Cubs.

These will be two long weeks, Reds fans.