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Microfracture surgery on right knee successful for Pads' Giles

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right fielder Brian Giles had
microfracture surgery on his right knee, which he hurt in
mid-April.

Giles played with the injury until being forced onto the
disabled list in late May. He returned in late June, and moved into
the leadoff spot in the batting order.

The surgery was performed Wednesday, two days after the Padres
lost a wild-card tiebreaker game at Colorado. The Padres had three
chances to clinch the wild-card, and lost all three games.

Also Thursday, the Padres claimed infielder Luis Rodriguez off
waivers from the Minnesota Twins and requested waivers on
outfielder Brady Clark for the purpose of giving him his
unconditional release.

Rodriguez played in 68 games for the Twins this year, hitting
.219 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. He made 38 appearances at
third base, 21 at second base and three at first base.

Clark was signed to a minor league contract on Aug. 16 and had
his contract purchased from Triple-A Portland on Sept. 1. He hit
.306 in 21 games with the Padres but struggled in center field on
Monday night in place of injured Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron.