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LA’s Hollandsworth To Have Surgery

June 5, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An injured left shoulder will keep Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Todd Hollandsworth out of action at least two months, and possibly the rest of the season.

Hollandsworth, the 1996 NL Rookie of the Year, will undergo surgery on the shoulder next Thursday, and the Dodgers placed him on the 60-day disabled list effective today.

Hollandsworth, 25, who bats and throws left-handed, is hitting .269 with three homers and 20 RBIs. He hit .345 in the last 14 games in which he had at least one at-bat.

The Dodgers said an MRI exam Thursday revealed Hollandsworth has a slap lesion _ a tear in the cartilage around the shoulder.

``Todd has had some problems with his shoulder that he’s been able to play through, but it increased to the point where we had to give him an MRI,″ general manager Fred Claire said. ``It’s been a frustrating period. He worked hard, won the regular left field job and now this happens.

``There isn’t any player who works harder and drives himself more than Todd, so it’s a major disappointment for Todd and for us.″

Claire said Dr. Frank Jobe, who will perform the surgery, told him there was a chance Hollandsworth won’t play again this year.

Jim Eisenreich started in left field against St. Louis on Thursday for the second straight game, and scored the winning run in the ninth inning of Los Angeles’ 3-2 victory.

Hollandsworth was used as a pinch runner for Eric Karros in the eighth.

The Dodgers said they will purchase the contract of 22-year-old infielder Alex Cora from their Albuquerque farm club of the Pacific Coast League as a replacement on the roster for Hollandsworth.

Cora was batting .232 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 51 games for Albuquerque. The Dodgers said he would join the team tonight in Seattle.

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