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Rangers’ Ledee May Need Surgery

March 12, 2001

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) _ Texas outfielder Ricky Ledee has a torn hamstring and will be sidelined at least two weeks. He could need surgery, meaning he would be out another month.

Ledee was chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning of Texas’ 10-2 victory over Baltimore on Saturday when he tore a tendon in his left hamstring.

Ledee is the Rangers’ most versatile outfielder. General manager Doug Melvin said Ledee is the most asked about player from teams needing a left fielder.

This spring, Ledee has started in both right field and center field. If healthy, he’s the fourth outfielder behind Ruben Mateo, Gabe Kapler and Rusty Greer. All three of the starting outfielders were out with injuries at the end of last season.

Kapler left Sunday’s game against Cincinnati after two innings because of a bruised right hand but the injury was not serious. Kapler was hit by a pitch by Reds starter Scott Williamson.

Ledee, acquired in a trade with Cleveland last July, is hitting .250 (3-for-12) this spring.

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