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W. Cordero Faces Knee Surgery

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 9, 2005; Page D11

MIAMI, April 8 -- Washington Nationals first baseman Wil Cordero will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, an injury team physician Bruce Thomas said will keep him out of action for six to eight weeks.

Cordero, injured in Thursday's victory over the Philadelphia Phillies while running out a fly ball, is already on the 15-day disabled list. He had surgery on the same knee last May when he was with the Florida Marlins. Florida's team physician, Dan Kanell, reviewed the images of Cordero's knee taken Friday and determined that although the tear was new, Cordero likely won't need the standard three months' recovery.

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"He's already rehabbed recently," Thomas said. "He's so strong, we're probably looking at six to eight [weeks]."

Thus, Carlos Baerga, the Nationals' last cut of the spring, appeared in the clubhouse Friday. He considered retiring, but accepted a demotion to Class AAA New Orleans. "Something can happen at any time," Baerga said Friday. "I don't want that to happen to anybody. But if I go home, I just retire. That's it."

Guzman Is Struggling

Shortstop Cristian Guzman went 0 for 4, and is 2 for 18. "He's the one I am really, really concerned about right now," Manager Frank Robinson said. . . .

MLB released statistics on the origins of players on Opening Day rosters, and the Nationals have more players -- 16 -- born outside the United States than any other team.

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