Stuart won't be hitting anyone for a while/By S. Bradley

The bad breaks just keep on coming for Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart.

The veteran once known as the team’s iron man is injured again, this time with a hand injury that will keep him out four to six weeks. Here’s the official statement from the Bruins:

“Mark sustained a fracture to the fourth metacarpal of his right hand (ring finger) and dislocated his fourth metacarpal phlangeal joint. He was evaluated by Dr. Matt Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.”

The Bruins did not provide any other details of the injury. We know, at least, that it occurred in the first period Tuesday night.

Stuart had a streak of 214 consecutive games played going until a broken sternum knocked him out of the lineup early last season. That injury, and a later finger injury and infection, limited him to just 56 games played plus four postseason games.

This season, he was healthy for the first 26 games. But right now, it doesn’t look like Stuart’s gamble to re-sign with Boston on a one-year deal is paying off.