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Grudzielanek to have knee surgery Monday

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kansas City Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday
and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

Grudzielanek has a medial meniscus cartilage tear.

"In the worst-case scenario you're looking at four to six
weeks," general manager Dayton Moore said. "He will probably miss
the first 10 days or two weeks of the season. We're optimistic it
will be just a simple clean up. If there is a positive out of this,
it is it has happened the first week of spring training versus the
last week of spring training."

Grudzielanek said he first experienced knee pain Friday night
and reported it to the training staff Saturday. An MRI exam on
Sunday discovered the tear.

"It just happened," he said. "It kind of just came up. It
wasn't because I turned too hard or anything like that. It was just
weird."

Grudzielanek will have surgery in Kansas City. Once he is
cleared to travel, he will return to spring training camp in
Surprise to begin rehabilitation.

The 36-year-old Grudzielanek hit .297 and won his first Gold
Glove award last season, his first with the Royals. He had a .994
fielding percentage with only four errors and led AL second basemen
with 111 double plays.

Manager Buddy Bell said Esteban German likely would start at
second base until Grudzielanek returns.