Dellucci Out 8 Weeks With Hamstring Injury

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cleveland Indians left fielder David Dellucci will require surgery for his injured hamstring and will be sidelined about eight weeks.

Dellucci was hurt while running out a grounder during Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. An MRI exam revealed a high-grade tear in his left hamstring. He will undergo surgery Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic.

"This is not career-ending; this is not career-threatening," trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "He will return to 100 percent at some point this year."

Signed to a three-year contract as a free agent on Dec. 6, Dellucci is hitting .234 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games.

Jason Michaels started in left field for the second straight game Friday night against the Washington Nationals.

"We'll just continue on with that and see where it leads us," manager Eric Wedge said.

One candidate to replace Dellucci would have been Shin-Soo Choo, but he strained his left elbow playing for Triple-A Buffalo. Instead, the Indians recalled Ben Francisco, who was batting .329 with six homers, 34 RBIs and 15 stolen bases at Buffalo.