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Wang undergoes ACL knee surgery

Wang undergoes ACL knee surgery

China catcher and top player Wang Wei was recovering Friday from reconstructive surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee, an injury sustained in a home-plate collision with Matt LaPorta of the United States on Monday.
Wang's operation, performed by Chinese Olympic doctors, was delayed for a few days in order to get a second opinion and do further exams.
He had a full tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, according to Ted Heid of the Seattle Mariners. Wang played this season for Class-A High Desert of the California League in Seattle's farm system. He hadn't been scheduled to return to the United States after the Olympics even before getting hurt because his minor league team's season ends in early September.
Heid, who had been in regular touch with the Mariners brass, hoped to get to visit Wang before he leaves for home Sunday. Wang will at least start his long rehabilitation process in China.
"He's got the best care he could possibly have in this country," Heid said. "He's under the care of the Chinese Olympic team, so we're very excited about that. The Seattle Mariners are very pleased with what the Chinese Olympic Committee is doing with their medical staff. We will support him (to assist in his rehab) when the time comes."
LaPorta suffered a mild concussion on the play and didn't play in the Americans' final two preliminary games. Manager Davey Johnson hoped to have him back for Friday night's semifinal against defending champion Cuba.


Updated : 2021-06-14 04:07 GMT+08:00