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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 7, 2001


Finley scheduled for knee surgery

CLEVELAND -- Indians pitcher Chuck Finley is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Finley, 38, felt pain in his knee two weeks ago after workouts. An examination revealed a torn medial meniscus and surgery was recommended after therapy didn't help.

Finley will resume regular workouts in 4-6 weeks, the team said, and is expected to pitch in spring training in mid-March. The Indians open their spring schedule against Cincinnati on March 1 at their facility in Winter Haven.

"This is a minor setback for Chuck," vice president and assistant general manager Mark Shapiro said. "We fully expect him to be able to pitch in a competitive environment in Winter Haven during spring training."

In his first season with the Indians, Finley was 16-11 with a 4.17 earned-run average in 34 starts. The left-hander had a team-leading 218 innings pitched and finished second to Bartolo Colon with 189 strikeouts.

Finley joined Cleveland as a free-agent after the 1999 season, leaving the Angels after 14 years.

MARINERS: After paying just over $13-million to get rights to outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from Orix of Japan's Pacific League, Seattle signed him for nearly $14.1-million over the next three seasons. Suzuki, a seven-time batting champion and career .357 hitter in Japan, got a $5-million signing bonus.

RANGERS: To help the club pay a portion of Alex Rodriguez's record $252-million, 10-year contract, ticket prices will increase for the fifth consecutive year. The average cost of a single-game ticket will go up 10.4 percent, from $20 to $22.08. Only the Yankees and Red Sox had higher average ticket prices last year.

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