Derrick Caracter out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter underwent successful surgery to remove part of a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team announced Wednesday.

Caracter is expected to be out a minimum of four to six weeks.

The surgery, which took approximately 30 minutes, was performed by Lakers team physicians Dr. Steve Lombardo and Dr. Daniel Kharazzi at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Caracter suffered the injury during practice Monday.

Selected by the Lakers in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NBA draft, Caracter appeared in 41 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.2 minutes.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.