Twins could trade for another outfielder

Updated: July 30, 2005, 10:29 PM ET
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The Minnesota Twins may consider trading for another outfielder to replace Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter, who ESPN's Harold Reynolds reports will miss four to six weeks with a torn tendon in his left ankle.

Torii Hunter
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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
98 14 56 63 .337 .269

Hunter was taken off the field on a stretcher Friday night after climbing the center field wall attempting to catch David Ortiz's towering fly ball.

Hunter is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

"We just don't know how long yet," manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday before the Twins played the Red Sox. "We have to get the MRI."

Hunter's injury could be a huge blow to Minnesota's playoff chances, possibly prompting the team to make a move as Sunday's trade deadline approaches. He leads the team with 56 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

"We've been looking for bats just like everybody else. I don't know if it puts us in dire straits," Gardenhire said. "I don't think you're going to replace Torii Hunter unless you pay a lot more than we want to or give up more prospects than we want."

X-rays taken at Fenway Park showed no fracture. Hunter will remain with the Twins through the weekend and then fly back to Minnesota on Monday for the MRI.

Hunter was at the team hotel icing the ankle, and Gardenhire was unsure if he would make it to Fenway Park.

"He's supposed to come in to get some treatment," he said. "He wasn't feeling good. He's having trouble getting around."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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