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Canseco Sent Home To Rest Bad Back

July 11, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ Tampa Bay slugger Jose Canseco, who leads the AL with 31 home runs, was sent home from the ballpark Saturday to rest his chronically ailing back.

He is listed as day-to-day and it’s not yet known how the injury will affect his status for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Canseco, batting .276 with 69 RBIs, was elected to start as the designated hitter.

Canseco, who celebrated his 35th birthday July 2, came out of Friday’s game in the eighth inning against Florida with a stiff back. He underwent an examination Saturday afternoon and, after arriving late to the ballpark, he was given permission to go to his Miami home.

Canseco missed 12 games in June and July last year with similar back spasms, but didn’t miss a start following the All-Star break. He had two separate stints on the DL due to back ailments in 1997.

In 1996, Canseco underwent back surgery to remove fragments and also sustained a ruptured disc.

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