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Piazza To Have Exam on Hurt Knee

April 10, 1999

MONTREAL (AP) _ Catcher Mike Piazza was sent back to New York by the Mets on Saturday for an MRI on his swollen right knee that club officials hope is only a slight sprain.

Piazza twisted the knee in a rundown during Friday night’s 10-3 victory over the Montreal Expos. He remained in the game for two more innings before being taken out for a pinch hitter in the ninth.

Piazza was in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game, but general manager Steve Phillips, who was in New York, felt the catcher should return to have the knee checked out by team doctors.

``There was some swelling and this is very precautionary,″ Mets assistant general manager Carmen Fusco said. ``He’s walking fine on it. I’m not alarmed, Steve’s not alarmed, Bobby’s (Mets manager Bobby Valentine) not alarmed, and Mike’s not alarmed.

``We decided this was the right thing to do. We just want to make sure.″

Piazza, acquired last year from the Florida Marlins after he left the Los Angeles Dodgers, is under a seven-year $91 million contract.

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