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Hak-Ju Lee diagnosed with torn ligaments in left knee

Apr 21, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays infield prospect Hak-Ju Lee suffered torn ligaments in his left knee Saturday at Triple-A Durham during an ugly collision at the second base bag. He will probably be shut down for the season.

Lee, a native of Jeonju, South Korea, was batting .422/.536/.600 with a home run, seven RBI and six steals through his first 15 games at the Triple-A level. The 22-year-old ranked 90th on Baseball America‘s ranking of the top 100 prospects this past winter.

He ranked 44th heading into the 2012 season.

The Rays acquired Lee from the Cubs in January 2011 as part of the Matt Garza trade.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    How about them bluejays? 27th in batting average with a big whopping .225 team ave. 4.74 team ERA which is 27th in the league, 6 games out of first already, Can you say its going to be a long long summer in toronto? Can’t wait to see the attendance numbers go down the drain like they always do, LOL

    • tuberippin - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Dude, fuck off. This has nothing to do with the Blue Jays.

  2. hittfamily - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Yunel Escobar has a $5 million option for next year, so this isn’t crushing, but I was really excited to see this kid. Unfortunately, he was really speedy, so I hope his speed comes back. Tim Beckham has been a huge bust, so the Rays need him to come back healthy, or their future plans at SS are shot.

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