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Alomar’s Surgery a Success

May 21, 1999

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Sandy Alomar had a bone chip the size of a lima bean removed from his left knee today and the Cleveland Indians catcher is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.

Alomar’s surgery _ the seventh on his left knee _ was performed at Lutheran Hospital by Dr. Lou Keppler, the team’s orthopedic surgeon. Keppler did a similar procedure on Alomar’s left knee last October after the Indians were eliminated from the AL championship series.

According to a statement released by the Indians, Keppler removed ``loose bodies″ from Alomar’s knee before making an incision behind his knee in order to remove the bone chip.

With Alomar out, Einar Diaz will handle the majority of the Indians’ catching duties with Chris Turner, recently promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, serving as his backup.

Diaz, who started Friday night’s game against Detroit, is batting .257 with two homers and 10 RBIs. However, the rookie has been struggling lately and batted only .111 (2-for-18) on the Indians’ recent six-game road trip.

Alomar was off to a good start this season following a disappointing and injury-filled 1998. He’s batting .317 with three homers and 16 RBIs, but was limited to just 22 games because of injuries.