September 19, 2002 at 2:49 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:20 AM
BOSTON (AP) - Cleveland Indians outfielder Matt Lawton and catcher Einar Diaz will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, and Lawton might not be ready to return in time for spring training.
"From what I understand, we won't get a real understanding on whether he's ready until he goes through the winter and begins his rehab program," manager Joel Skinner said Wednesday before Cleveland's game against Boston.
Lawton, an All-Star with Minnesota in 2000, injured his shoulder diving for a fly ball in April, limiting him to a career-low .236 average with 15 homers and 57 RBIs in 114 games. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list on September 13 and had surgery to repair a frayed labrum on Tuesday.
Diaz was examined by arm specialist James Andrews, who recommended that he rest his elbow for the remainder of the season.
Diaz, who batted .206 with two homers and 16 RBIs this season, did not accompany the team on the trip.
Diaz has not been able to throw without pain since he was injured on Aug. 22 in a collision at home plate with Oakland's David Justice, who stepped on his hand and banged his right arm.
"It's just really swollen and there is trauma in there," Skinner said. "He saw Dr. Andrews and ... they decided it just needed to calm down."
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