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Indians’ Cordero To Miss 2 Months

June 9, 1999

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland Indians outfielder Wil Cordero had wrist surgery today and was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

He broke his left wrist in two places making a diving catch Tuesday night. The ball was hit by Jeromy Burnitz in a game Milwaukee won 2-1 in 10 innings.

Cordero joins four other Cleveland players on the disabled list, catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., outfielder Mark Whiten and pitchers Mark Langston and Tom Martin.

Cordero, who had been both an outfielder and designated hitter, had a batting average of .316 with five home runs and 26 runs batted in during 40 games for the Indians. He signed with Cleveland as a free agent shortly before spring training.

The Indians today also sent Jolbert Cabrera to Buffalo of the International League. He was hitting .150 in 20 at-bats in 18 games.

The Indians replaced Cordero and Cabrera with two Buffalo players, Jeff Manto and Jacob Cruz.

Manto played for the Indians during parts of the last two seasons. He was hitting .322 with 16 homers and 34 RBI for the Bisons.

Cruz had a batting average of .278 with seven homers and 28 RBI for Buffalo. He played in one Indians game last season. Cleveland acquired Cruz last July in a trade that sent former Indians reliever Jose Mesa to the San Francisco Giants.

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