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Red Sox’s Valentin Out for Season

May 31, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Red Sox third baseman John Valentin has been lost for the remainder of the season due to a ruptured tendon in his left knee, Valentin’s agent said Wednesday.

Valentin will require surgery to fix his patellar tendon, which tests showed had been pulled away from the bone. The veteran infielder’s knee buckled when he attempted to field a routine ground ball in the second inning of Tuesday night’s 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Dick Moss, Valentin’s agent, said the player would be out the rest of the season. In comments reported on The Boston Globe Web site, boston.com, Moss also said there is no time frame for a comeback.

The Red Sox had no immediate comment, but said they planned to make a statement on the situation later Wednesday.

Valentin collapsed in obvious pain and was taken to University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.

Valentin, 33, was on the disabled list form April 10 to May 19 with tendinitis in his left knee, missing 35 games. He played in just nine games this season, hitting .257 with two homers and two RBIs in 35 at-bats.

Valentin is a lifetime .283 hitter with 120 homers and 523 RBIs in an eight-year-career, all with the Red Sox.

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