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Devil Rays' Perez expected to miss season

Postby WebHamster » Mon May 10, 2004 5:00 pm

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay infielder Eduardo Perez is expected to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Anaheim Angels.

Perez pulled up lame and fell to the dirt rounding second base in the fifth inning of an 8-4 loss to the Angels. He was then carted off the field.

"I never had trouble with it before," Perez said on Sunday. "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 led off the 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.

Perez, the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, was 1-for-2 in the game. This season Perez has a .211 batting average with one home run and seven RBI. In 597 career games, Perez has a .246 batting average with 59 homers and 233 RBI.

In June 2001, Perez underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee and missed the rest of the season with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League. He suffered a right hamstring strain and sprained right knee that sidelined him over a month with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000.

In 1998, on the day his father was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, Perez suffered a hip flexor while rounding third base and didn't play a game the rest of the year. In 1995 when he was with the Angels, he underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Perez also played the final six weeks of the 1994 Triple-A season with a hernia in his right side. Perez had surgery following the playoffs.
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