Gerut will have surgery on torn ACL
CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Jody Gerut needs surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and could miss the start of next season.
Gerut was hurt in Friday night's game against Kansas City running down Abraham Nunez's hit into the right-field corner.
"I knew right away that a knee is not supposed to bend sideways the way it did," Gerut said as he stood on crutches by his locker Saturday.
"I haven't looked at the replay and I probably never will," he said. "I know what happened."
Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Gerut will have to let swelling in the knee subside for 10 to 14 days before he can have surgery.
"Jody is looking at six to nine months of rehabilitation," Soloff said.
"I've been through rehab before and looking at six months now doesn't seem as bad as when I went through eight months of it," Gerut said.
Gerut missed the entire 2001 season after two operations on his left knee to repair a damaged patella tendon. He said Dr. James Steadman in Colorado would perform the surgery.
Gerut recovered to have a strong season in the minor leagues in 2002, then made an impact as a rookie with the Indians in 2003, hitting .279 with 22 homers and 75 RBIs after being called up in late April.
He finished the 2004 season with a .252 average, 11 homers and 51 RBIs.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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