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Varitek to have surgery on torn knee cartilage

Updated: August 2, 2006, 12:35 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will have surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee, leaving Boston without one of its important players in the postseason chase.

Elias Says ...

VaritekJason Varitek has caught 924 games since becoming the Red Sox's primary catcher in 1999, fourth-most in the major leagues over that span, behind Brad Ausmus (1,027), Jason Kendall (1,027) and Jorge Posada (1,012).

With Varitek on the shelf, Doug Mirabelli should become the Sox's ...

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