Ordonez on crutches up to 8 weeks

Updated: July 24, 2004, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox star Magglio Ordonez went back on the disabled list Friday because of an injured left knee and could spend up to eight weeks on crutches, putting in doubt his status for the rest of the season.

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Ordonez has a fluid problem in his knee, stemming from a collision the All-Star right fielder had with second baseman Willie Harris on May 19 in Cleveland.

Ordonez went on the 15-day disabled list a week after the collision and had surgery to repair torn cartilage on June 5.

Now, with the White Sox a half-game behind AL Central-leading Minnesota going into the weekend and already missing slugger Frank Thomas, Ordonez again is on the 15-day DL.

Ordonez will spend from four to eight weeks on crutches, and will only be able to exercise through a swimming regimen.

Ordonez will be re-evaluated by team physicians after four weeks to determine if he will be available to begin a rehabilitation program.

``It breaks my heart,'' White Sox general manager Ken Williams said before Friday night's game against Detroit. ``I just saw Magglio inside and he was close to having tears in his eyes.''

``You can't really say much to him, other than put your arm around him and give him a hug and wish him well,'' he said. ``I can only hope it's more along the lines of four weeks.''

Ordonez is hitting .292 with nine homers and 37 RBIs this season. The four-time All-Star missed 36 games earlier because of his knee injury and came off the disabled list on July 8.

The White Sox went 17-19 without Ordonez. He was only 7-for-35 with one home run and three RBIs in 10 games during his brief return.

Thomas is sidelined for at least eight weeks with a stress fracture in his left ankle. He was placed on the disabled list July 10 and also could miss the remainder of the season.

The White Sox recalled outfielder Joe Borchard from Triple-A Charlotte. He is hit .158 in six games with Chicago.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press