Ordonez to have arthroscopic knee surgery

Updated: June 5, 2004, 12:23 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- White Sox slugger Magglio Ordonez will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in Chicago on Saturday and is expected to miss four to seven weeks.

Magglio Ordonez
Right Field
Chicago White Sox
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Ordonez, who can become a free agent after this season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to May 26. He was injured May 25 against Texas while swinging at a pitch.

The White Sox recalled catcher Jamie Burke from Triple-A Charlotte to take Ordonez's spot on the 25-man roster.

White Sox trainer Herm Schneider said the team suspects Ordonez has torn cartilage.

"They think it's a little tear of the meniscus," Schneider said. "They really don't think it's a major ordeal. He can walk and he can hit. He just can't run."

Ordonez, a four-time All-Star right fielder, missed his seventh straight game Wednesday night in Oakland. He left during the game to fly to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Ordonez is batting .311 with eight homers and 34 RBI in 42 games for the AL Central leaders.

"It's a shame to lose a guy like that," manager Ozzie Guillen said before Friday night's game against Seattle. "He's a quality player. But we have to move on and play the game. I have a lot of confidence that we're still going to be successful."

It is Ordonez's first trip to the DL in eight major league seasons.

Burke was batting .213 with one home run and 11 RBI in 33 games at Charlotte. He played in three games with the White Sox after he was called up May 2, going 0-for-1 with a walk.

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