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McCracken likely out for season

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Posted: Tuesday May 25, 1999 08:24 PM

  McCracken will decide over the next several days whether to undergo surgery or try to rehab the injured knee. AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Quinton McCracken is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee in Monday night's loss to the Texas Rangers.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the 12th Tampa Bay player to go the DL this season.

The Devil Rays recalled outfielder Randy Winn from Class AAA Durham.

McCracken was injured while attempting to make a leaping catch on a sixth-inning home run by Juan Gonzalez. After the game, McCracken said his knee "buckled" when he tried to leave the ground.

"It's not the news we wanted to hear. After seeing the way it happened, it's not totally unexpected," Tampa Bay manager Larry Rothschild said before Tuesday night's game against Texas. "It's unfortunate. His future, as far as playing, I don't think is in any dire jeopardy."

McCracken, who is hitting .250 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 40 games, will decide over the next several days whether to undergo surgery or try to rehab the injured knee. He reviewed an MRI with doctors on Tuesday.

"Based on the diagnosis that the doctors explained, I'll take some time to weigh my options and come to a decision in the next couple of days," McCracken said. "Either way, it's a tough obstacle I'll have to overcome."

McCracken sprained the same knee just before the start of spring training and was sidelined until March 25.

"At this point in time, it's not unreasonable to expect him to be fine by next spring," Rothschild said.

 
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