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Mariners’ Rodriguez Out 4-6 Weeks

April 8, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez will miss 4-6 weeks with torn cartilage in his left knee, becoming the latest star to be sidelined this season.

Rodriguez, 23, will undergo surgery Thursday. Rodriguez injured himself while performing an agility exercise that involves jumping over boxes that are about as high as a chair.

An MRI exam on Wednesday showed that he has a torn medial meniscus.

``Nothing is ever totally routine,″ said Dr. Larry Pedegana, a team doctor, ``but I don’t anticipate anything unusual and the MRI does not show anything unusual or unexpected.″

Rodriguez joins a growing list of injured stars who have missed time already this season. Moises Alou, Kerry Wood, Andres Galarraga and Kerry Ligtenberg are all expected to be out for the season.

Mo Vaughn is sidelined with an ankle sprain suffered during Anaheim’s opener Tuesday night and Cal Ripken missed his first game for Baltimore because of injury in nearly 17 years Wednesday night.

Rodriguez missed three of the last four days of spring training because of the injury.

He left the White Sox game Tuesday night in the seventh inning. He has not yet been placed on the disabled list.

Rodriguez hit .310 last season with 42 home runs and 46 stolen bases.

``I know he’s going to be ready and working hard and he’s going to be back soon,″ designated hitter Edgar Martinez said Wednesday.

Rodriguez was the Mariners’ first round selection in the June 1993 draft.

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