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Postby WebHamster » Sun May 09, 2004 9:00 pm

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay leftfielder Eduardo Perez was carted off the field during Sunday's game in Anaheim after tearing his left Achilles' tendon running the bases.

Perez led off the fifth inning with a blast to the center-field wall and, trying to stretch the hit into a double, he stumbled around second base and fell to the ground. He was tagged out and remained on the ground with his head in his hands.

Several coaches and trainers helped Perez onto a stretcher and into the cart before he was taken off the field to a standing ovation. Perez was then taken to an area hospital.

"I never had trouble with it before," Perez said. "It will take surgery, then there will be a long period of immobilization and a long period of rehab. I've had a lot of rehabs. Add another to the list."

Perez, the 34-year-old son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, was 1-for-2 in the game before leaving. Entering the game, he was batting .194 this season and .245 over 11 major league seasons with four teams.

Angels outfielder Jose Guillen sprained his right knee and ankle in the seventh inning sliding into second base. He was also carted off the field.

"The initial evaluation is very encouraging," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Call it cautious optimism. We're going to have him evaluated tomorrow. The best case scenario is day-to-day."
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Postby bell » Mon May 10, 2004 1:12 am

Poor Eduardo can't even get his own article without someone else stealing the spotlight.
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