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Kennedy has two torn knee ligaments


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy is done for the season because of torn ligaments in his right knee, hindering the team's playoff hopes.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed a torn MCL and ACL. If Kennedy requires surgery, his rehabilitation could extend into spring
training.

"If my knee just keeps slipping out, or is unstable on an
everyday occurrence, then, yeah, I'll have to get it done,"
Kennedy said. "But if I have some instability only once in a
while, I'll try to stay away from it."

Kennedy, one of the few Angels regulars who had not been
sidelined by a serious injury this year, hurt himself in the fifth
inning of Monday night's 5-2 victory over Seattle while trying to
make a difficult play on a ground single up the middle by speedy
Ichiro Suzuki.

The six-year veteran ranged over to the left of second base and
tried to plant his right foot, but his leg buckled underneath him.
Kennedy made it off the field under his own power after several
minutes on the ground.

"I just tried to get to the ball and make the best play I
could. I would try to make that play again," Kennedy said. "I had
too much weight going the other way, and I knew something wasn't
right. But being able to walk off the field like I did, I was a
little more optimistic at that point.

"Trying to make a play like that, your body's not meant to be
able to do something like that -- plant, stop and go the opposite
way. It was just a freak thing."

The injury puts the Angels in a bind. They began the day 2½ games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West and 4½ games behind Boston in the wild-card race. If they are going to qualify for the postseason, they will have to do it with Chone Figgins filling in at second base.

"It's a big loss," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Adam's an
integral part of what we've done to get in this race. Hopefully,
there's a chance that surgery can be avoided, but it's still going
to be a long rehab."

Figgins started at second Tuesday night for seventh time this
season and the first time since Aug. 14 at Detroit. But he has
proven to be one of the team's most valuable and versatile players
this year, hitting .292 while starting at six different positions.

"A.K. has been so solid over there and has done such a
fantastic job, what he brings to the team on a day-to-day basis,"
shortstop David Eckstein said. "Figgy's a great player, and
hopefully he'll step in and do the same thing. I worked with him
enough, especially in spring training, so we should be able to work
well together."

Kennedy was the MVP of the 2002 AL championship series with three home runs in the clinching game against the Minnesota Twins. He batted .278 in 144 games this season with 48 RBIs and 10 home runs, including his first career game-winning homer on Aug. 29
against the Twins. He also had a 54-game errorless streak.