Randa will have surgery Tuesday

Updated: June 28, 2004, 11:25 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals placed third baseman Joe Randa on the 15-day disabled list late Monday night with torn cartilage in his right knee.

Randa will undergo arthroscopic surgery on the knee Tuesday and will be sidelined for about a month, general manager Allard Baird said. Baird said Randa would be placed on the DL following the Royals' game with Baltimore on Monday night.

"He'll have a scope done to clean up the torn section down there," trainer Nick Swartz said. "Probably about a three- or four-week return."

Randa becomes the fourth Royals player in 10 days to go on the disabled list.

Starting catcher Benito Santiago went on the 15-day DL on June 19 with a broken hand and his backup, Kelly Stinnett, was lost for the year to elbow surgery just three days later.

Closer Jeremy Affeldt has partially torn muscles in his rib cage, and will be out possibly two months.

In addition, the Royals traded star center fielder Carlos Beltran to Houston last Thursday.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press