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Yankees Say Surgery Is Possible for Matsui

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Sunday, June 29, 2008; Page D06

The Yankees acknowledged yesterday that OF Hideki Matsui may need surgery on his left knee if it doesn't start feeling better. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

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"Hopefully, this is a 15-day thing and we get him healthy and get him better," New York Manager Joe Girardi said. "Could it be more? Yes."

Matsui had surgery on his right knee in the offseason, but his left knee is hurting now. He is batting .323 with seven homers and 34 RBI.

"It's sore. There's some issues in there, obviously," Girardi said. "He had to have it drained again yesterday and hopefully it calms down."

Asked if surgery was a possibility, Girardi said: "I think when things don't get healthy, surgery is always your next bet. But we're hoping to avoid that."

GM Brian Cashman said surgery for Matsui would be a "last resort." . . .

The Yankees added a fresh arm to their bullpen, purchasing RHP Dave Robertson's contract from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York also optioned LHP Kei Igawa back to Class AAA, one day after he was called up.

· ROYALS: One day after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, IF Alberto Callaspo was placed on the disabled list for undisclosed reasons.

Kansas City recalled 1B-DH Billy Butler from Class AAA Omaha.

Callaspo was arrested early Friday morning and spent about seven hours in jail before being released on a signature bond.

"Alberto is going on the disabled list for evaluation and treatment of an undisclosed medical condition," Manager Trey Hillman said.

· INDIANS: RHP Fausto Carmona and DH Travis Hafner won't be back until after the all-star break.

Both are progressing from injuries, Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said. He added that it will take a little longer for 2B Josh Barfield and C Victor Martínez to return.

Carmona has been sidelined since May 24 with a strained left hip. Hafner has been on the disabled list since May 30 with a weak right shoulder. Martínez had bone chips removed from his right elbow June 13.

Barfield and top pitching prospect Adam Miller are both scheduled to revisit the doctor tomorrow. Both had finger tendons surgically repaired this month.

-- From News Services

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