Metcalf to have surgery, McCarthy could be out longer than originally expected Print
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Tuesday, 11 March 2008 11:34
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 SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -Texas Rangers third baseman Travis Metcalf is expected to be out six to eight weeks with a torn left hamstring tendon that will require surgery.
Metcalf, who was hitting .412 with two home runs in spring training, returned to Dallas on Tuesday with surgery tentatively planned for Wednesday. An 11th-round draft pick in 2004 out of Kansas, Metcalf batted .255 in 57 games as a rookie last season while filling in for injured Hank Blalock.
``I'm disappointed, but I want to take care of it now,'' Metcalf said. ``I was swinging the bat well and felt good about things.''
He injured his leg while running the bases Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy originally was expected to be out four to six weeks with a right forearm strain, but a club spokesman said Tuesday that it likely will be four to eight weeks. A procedure on McCarthy's arm to reduce the swelling has been delayed until the area calms down. McCarthy was to receive an injection of his blood platelets into the inflamed area.
McCarthy, who was projected to be in the Rangers' rotation, was 5-10 with a 4.87 ERA last year in 23 games, including 22 starts.
 

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