A's outfielder won't play

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2001

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics outfielder Jermaine Dye broke his left leg when he fouled a ball just below his knee Sunday during Game 4 of the AL playoffs, and was lost for the postseason.

Dye will be in a cast for 8-to-12 weeks, A's trainer Larry Davis said.

''This was the wrong guy, the wrong time of year,'' Davis said.

Dye was injured in the third inning of Oakland's 9-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

The deciding Game 5 will be Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

With the runners on first and second and no outs, Dye's foul went straight down. The cleanup hitter's leg buckled when it was struck.

Dye fell to the ground, clutching his knee. An A's trainer and manager Art Howe rushed out of the dugout and the right fielder stayed down for several moments before he was carried into the clubhouse.

Dye was taken to nearby Alameda Hospital for X-rays and the fracture was discovered.

''It's definitely going to be tough without Jermaine. He'll be missed. He's a big part of why we're here,'' first baseman Jason Giambi said. ''He's a tough guy, so when he stayed on the ground, we knew he was hurt seriously.''

Dye, 27, was acquired by Oakland from Kansas City in a three-team trade on July 25, and the A's then went on a 48-14 tear.

Dye had 59 RBIs in 61 games and provided needed protection for Giambi.

''We won a few games this year when he wasn't here, so we're going to have to find a way to get it done tomorrow,'' A's manager Art Howe said. ''The other guys are going to have to pick it up for him.''

Dye, who earned a trip to the All-Star game and a Gold Glove last season, was 3-for-12 in the AL division series with the Yankees.

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