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Saturday, April 12, 2003
Pirates suffer setback as Giles goes on DL

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left fielder Brian Giles on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right knee Saturday.

Brian Giles

The Pirates recalled Adam Hyzdu from Triple-A Nashville.

Giles sprained the medial collateral ligament when he tried to stretch a single into a double during the fifth inning of Thursday's victory against Milwaukee.

Giles was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his Pirates career. Giles was last on the disabled list in 1998, with a sprained left ankle while playing with Cleveland.

"It was worse than I thought,'' Giles said. "I never had a knee problem so it is hard to tell. I don't know how long its going to take. Hopefully, in 15 days I will be ready to go.''

Giles, who missed Friday's game against Chicago, will be re-examined by team doctors Monday in Pittsburgh.