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Cubs lose Patterson for rest of season

By Compiled from Times wires
Published July 8, 2003

CHICAGO - Cubs centerfielder Corey Patterson will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Patterson, who went on the 15-day disabled list Monday, tore the ACL and cartilage in his left knee when he beat out an infield single in the eighth inning Sunday against the Cardinals. He crossed the base and fell, rolling over and grabbing his knee.

He was on the ground for several minutes while trainers attended to him, but he walked off on his own.

"When it happened I was in a lot of pain, but it seemed after maybe 30 seconds it went away," Patterson said. "I was able to get up and walk off the field, I thought I just sprained it pretty bad. It was just unfortunate that I got the bad news today, but that's all part of it."

In his second full season, Patterson is hitting .298 with 13 homers, 55 RBIs and 16 steals in 83 games.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker, meanwhile, didn't back off his comment that black and Latin players are better suited to play in the heat.

"I'm used to getting beat up," Baker said. "Like Popeye used to say, "I say what I mean, I mean what I say.' I meant what I said. I say what I feel. ... I still believe what I said."

ALL-STAR GAME: Pirates outfielder Kenny Lofton will replace Patterson as one of the five candidates in Internet voting for the final spot on the NL team. The other players are Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera, Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo, Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins and Giants catcher Benito Santiago. Fans can vote for the final All-Star in both leagues at MLB.com and ESPN.com.

Meanwhile, David Wells was surprised no Yankees pitchers were selected for the AL team even though he was one of many Yankees who didn't vote on the new players ballot.

He praised Mike Mussina and added: "I think they overlooked a lot of people. How can you not put Roger (Clemens) in there in his last year?"

In an informal clubhouse survey conducted by the Associated Press, MLB.com and the New Haven Register, eight of 19 Yankees asked said they voted for the All-Stars.

BONDS LOOKS TO AL: Leftfielder Barry Bonds continues to talk about wanting to finish his career in the AL.

While talking about making the All-Star team, Bonds again expressed his desire to finish as a designated hitter and mentioned the Angels specifically, as they're located near his new home in the Los Angeles area.

Asked how much longer he wants to play, Bonds, 38, said: "You can't predict those things. A couple more years, then maybe go DH in the American League. That's about all I can do. I'm not going to play in the field all the time after a certain point. I can hit, though."

COORS ACCIDENT: The seven escalators at Coors Field will remain closed until at least July 25 while officials try to determine why one malfunctioned and threw dozens of fans on top of each other Wednesday, injuring 32.

NO-HITTER IN MINORS: Former Royals right-hander Chad Durbin combined with Oscar Alvarez on a no-hitter for the Indians' Double-A Akron affiliate in a 4-0 win over visiting Bowie.

ANGELS: Shortstop David Eckstein is day to day with a sore right arm, and rightfielder Tim Salmon will continue to play despite kidney stones.

BRAVES: Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren will be back on the TBS telecasts after the All-Star break, ending a 31/2 month experiment by the cable network. Caray and Van Wieren have been working for Turner South, a regional cable network in 6.5-million homes.

BREWERS: Centerfielder Scott Podsednik left in the first after getting cut under his right eye during a collision with Pirates catcher Jason Kendall.

CARDINALS: Third baseman Scott Rolen has bought 40 acres along Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Ind., for a campground for ill or troubled children and their families.

METS: The team owes New York City $4.5-million in payments on its lease at Shea Stadium, city Comptroller William Thompson found in an audit. The team disagreed with the findings.

TWINS: Minnesota agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Matt Moses, a third baseman from Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, Va.

YANKEES: Centerfielder Bernie Williams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in his fourth game of a rehabilitation stint with Double-A Trenton.

[Last modified July 8, 2003, 01:33:13]


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