M's Morse to undergo surgery; Reed to see specialist

Updated: July 4, 2006, 8:41 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Mariners' utility player Mike Morse, who was recently optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, tore cartilage in his right knee and will have arthroscopic surgery this week, the team said Tuesday.

Morse was sent down to Tacoma when Seattle acquired veteran Eduardo Perez in a trade with Cleveland. He was injured during Tacoma's game on Saturday against Fresno, but played Sunday, before sitting out Monday.

Before he was sent down, Morse was hitting .381 in 10 games with the Mariners, but had just one at-bat since June 16.

Injured center fielder Jeremy Reed will also see a hand specialist Wednesday to get a second opinion on his broken right thumb. An initial CT scan revealed the break and surgery was recommended.

Reed was injured in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Colorado, diving for a sinking liner from Brad Hawpe in the 11th inning. Reed initially thought the thumb was dislocated, and left the game when the pain became too severe.

But Reed doesn't second-guess his decision to make the diving attempt.

"I'll never second-guess anything I do on the field," he said before Tuesday's game, his first comments since the injury. "It is what it is ... and I'll probably play the same way when I get back out on the field."

Reed was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Shin-Soo Choo was called up from Tacoma to take Reed's roster spot.


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