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Padres’ Gwynn to Have Knee Surgery

August 30, 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Tony Gwynn will have surgery after the season _ his last as a player _ to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

``All the years, it’s my left knee that bothered me,″ the eight-time NL batting champion said Thursday. ``This year, it’s my right knee. I’m going to have surgery in October so I can coach pain-free.″

The San Diego Padres outfielder wants to become head baseball coach at San Diego State after he retires next month.

Gwynn likely will be limited to pinch-hitting for the remainder of the season. He hit a broken-bat grounder to the mound in the fourth on Thursday and is 10-for-25 in that role with five doubles and seven RBIs.

``Right now, the way it feels, I’m not expecting to start anymore,″ Gwynn said. ``Pinch hit and finish it out. But, miracles happen. Right now, I don’t see it, but anything can happen.″

Gwynn, who played in his final game at Busch Stadium, got a standing ovation before and after his pinch-hit appearance. He tipped his helmet on his way off the field and waved to the crowd.

He also got a standing ovation before grounding out to first as a pinch hitter on Wednesday. And the fans booed when he was on the on-deck circle and then pulled back earlier in that game.

``These people have treated me great,″ Gwynn said. ``But it’s got to end sometime.

``You’d love to go out with a hit, but (Matt) Morris got in my kitchen, broke my bat.″

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