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Surgery to sideline Buhner for 2 months

Mariners OF Jay Buhner is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his left knee within the next five days and will be sidelined for about two months.

Buhner, 33, took limited batting practice Friday but limped off the field after pregame hitting Saturday. He made a sliding catch at the back of the Kingdome bullpen mound April 6 against the Yankees and left with an inflamed left knee.

He has not played since and was placed on the disabled list April 13, retroactive to April 7.

Buhner hit 40 or more homers in each of the past three seasons and was a 1996 All-Star. He was hitting .333 with two homers and five RBI when injured.

BLUE JAYS: Reliever Steve Sinclair, recalled from Syracuse on Thursday, made his major-league debut in the seventh against the White Sox, walking Robin Ventura and striking out Wil Cordero. Sinclair, born in Victoria, British Columbia, became the 10th Canadian to play for Toronto.

CARDINALS: 2B Delino DeShields, bothered by a sore left shoulder, did not start against the Phillies. He had a pinch-hit triple in the ninth.

DODGERS: With the hope that new blood will invigorate its anemic offense, L.A. activated 1B Eric Karros and OF Roger Cedeno on Friday. The team optioned 1B Paul Konerko to Triple-A Albuquerque and designated OF Mike Devereaux for assignment.

GIANTS: RHP Osvaldo Fernandez plans to seek a second opinion on his injured right elbow. Fernandez has been sidelined since spring training and felt discomfort while throwing in the bullpen Friday.

MARLINS: Florida optioned RHP Oscar Henriquez to Triple-A Charlotte and activated RHP Eric Ludwick.

METS: SS Rey Ordonez, a 1997 NL Gold Glove winner, received his award in a pregame ceremony from Bud Harrelson, former Mets shortstop and manager. Harrelson won a Gold Glove in 1971.

ORIOLES: They executed an unusual double play in the third. With Ryan Christenson at second base and Rickey Henderson at first, CF Jeffrey Hammonds caught Rafael Bournigal's fly ball for the second out. Christenson tagged, beating Hammonds' throw to third, which was cut off by SS Mike Bordick. With P Jimmy Key backing up third, Bordick instead flipped the ball to 1B Rafael Palmeiro, who discreetly curled his glove and ran back to first. Henderson inexplicably was standing 2 feet behind the bag talking with first-base coach Gary Jones. Palmeiro made the tag for what was ruled an 8-6-3 double play.

REDS: 3B Willie Greene jammed his left pinky while stealing second in the sixth inning Friday night and is expected to return in 7-10 days. The team originally thought the pinky was dislocated.

YANKEES: Cuban defector Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut today for Columbus.


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