Ordonez out for season
Wednesday, June 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez is out for the season because his broken left forearm is not healing properly.
The three-time Gold Glove winner, who broke the bone May 29 in Los Angeles, was expected to be back by the All-Star break. But a checkup Wednesday with Dr. Andrew Weiland revealed that the bone is not healing properly and Ordonez will need a plate andscrews inserted into his arm.
"I am surprised by the findings today, because everything was normal in the first checkup," Mets general manager Steve Phillips said.
Surgery will likely be conducted Monday and the plate will remain in until January.
Kurt Abbott and Melvin Mora will continue to fill-in for Ordonez, the Mets best defensive player but an offensive liability.
Ordonez was hitting .188 with no homers and five RBIs at the time of the injury. Abbott is hitting .202 with three homers and seven RBIs, while Mora is batting .255 with two homers and 15 RBIs.