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Marlins star slugger to have knee surgery

ST. LOUIS — RF Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today after lasting just two innings in his first start in five games, leaving the Marlins without a representative on the field at Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"He might be out for a month or six weeks. That's what I think," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday. "Hopefully less. We're better off that way because that kid couldn't do anything."

General manager Mike Hill said surgery had been discussed as an alternative if Stanton had difficulty playing. He said the procedure to remove a loose body in the knee is fairly routine.

"It was just discomfort," Hill said. "And we knew that once we had tried it that if it flared up again, surgery was the logical option."

Stanton was replaced on the NL All-Star roster by Nationals RF Bryce Harper.

Stanton, a first-time All-Star, started Saturday's 3-2 loss at St. Louis but was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third. He singled and scored on Justin Ruggiano's two-run homer in the second.

Stanton is batting .284 with a .364 on-base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage that is seventh in the NL. He also was scheduled to participate in Monday's home run derby.

"He's a big bat," Guillen said. "This is our power hitter, the RBI guy. I think everybody out there has got to step it up a notch and try to cover the space."

ALL-STAR SECURITY: After a year of preparing for one of the biggest events to come to the city in decades, Kansas City police are ready to prove they're as capable as any big-city force of delivering a stellar performance at Tuesday's All-Star Game.

It's the first time in nearly 40 years the city has hosted the Midsummer Classic, and officials have spent several months coordinating with local, state and federal agencies and the U.S. Army to make sure tens of thousands of baseball fans who come to the city will be safe.

A delegation of Kansas City police officers traveled to Phoenix for last year's All-Star Game. And the department tested its security plan at the city's St. Patrick's Day parade and in an exercise in April at Kauffman Stadium.

"We're a large police department, and we've handled large events before," said Maj. Rich Lockhart, who is leading the Kansas City department's security efforts. "But nothing on this scale. The city is hoping people see how well we've handled this event and that it leads to bigger events in the future."

In other All-Star news, Nationals SS Ian Desmond was scratched from the game because of an abdominal injury and replaced by Braves OF Michael Bourn.

SETBACK FOR CRAWFORD: Red Sox LF Carl Crawford's rehabilitation assignment was put on hold because of a mild groin strain. Boston manager Bobby Valentine said the former Rays All-Star felt something when he was rounding second on a triple Thursday for Double-A Portland. Crawford has missed the entire season while recovering from an injured left wrist.

ROBERTS INJURY: An MRI exam revealed Orioles 2B Brian Roberts has a cartilage tear in his right hip, and he is expected to need surgery. Roberts, who is on the disabled list with what was initially called a right groin strain, had played 17 games after being out for more than a year while recovering from multiple concussions.

RANGERS: OF Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup as DH a day after being removed because of back spasms.

YANKEES: RH reliever Joba Chamberlain, who dislocated his right ankle in March, could begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Marlins star slugger to have knee surgery 07/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 7, 2012 10:52pm]
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