Ordonez undergoes surgery on knee

Updated: June 5, 2004, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- White Sox slugger Magglio Ordonez had arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee Saturday and is expected to be out four to seven weeks.

"Everything looks fine," head trainer Herm Schneider said before Chicago played the Seattle Mariners. "He walked in and walked out."

Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, a team physician, operated at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Schneider said the four-time All-Star right fielder might be able to begin rehabilitation as early as Monday in Chicago.

"We don't anticipate much swelling," he said.

The AL Central-leading White Sox hope to get their 30-year-old star back in the lineup as quickly as possible. He's batting .311 with eight homers and 34 RBI in 42 games.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen prefers not to talk about Ordonez while he is out.

"I don't want to think about Magglio," he said. "Magglio is not part of my team now."

Ordonez was injured May 25 against Texas while swinging at a pitch. The White Sox kept treating him, hoping his condition would improve. He had an MRI exam last weekend.

The White Sox finally put him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, on Friday. It's the first time Ordonez has been on the disabled list in his eight-year career.

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