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Mets’ Shortstop Hurt, Leaves Game

May 30, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ New York Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez injured his left forearm when he tagged out the Dodgers’ F.P. Santangelo and had to leave Monday’s game against Los Angeles in the first inning.

The Mets said no X-rays were needed and that Ordonez is listed as day-to-day.

Santangelo, picked off first base by pitcher Al Leiter, took off for second. Ordonez, a three-time Gold Glove winner, came across the bag to get the wide throw from first baseman Todd Zeile and whirled around before slapping a tag on Santangelo.

Santangelo’s helmet hit Ordonez on the arm as he slid in head first. The Mets shortstop was down briefly, got up and made several short tosses to see if there was pain, then walked off the field, slamming his glove on the dugout steps.

Kurt Abbott replaced him at shortstop.

Ordonez is hitting .188 with nine RBIs.

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