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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Trail Blazers' Aldridge out indefinitely

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers rookie LaMarcus Aldridge is out indefinitely after experiencing dizziness and a rapid heartbeat.

LaMarcus Aldridge

Aldridge played seven minutes in Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers before he was taken to the hospital. He was initially diagnosed with dehydration, but after he wore a heart monitor for 24 hours, the team asked for additional tests.

The nature of the tests was not revealed.

"We are going to run more tests and get a more accurate diagnosis so we can treat it," Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said. "That's the biggest thing right now. We're in a ruling-out process."

Travis Outlaw was expected to start in Aldridge's place Wednesday night for Portland's game against the Utah Jazz. Aldridge had taken over the starter's job when Joel Przybilla had season-ending knee surgery.

The Blazers signed center Luke Schenscher for the remainder of the 2006-07 season.

Portland signed the 7-foot-1 Schenscher to a 10-day contract from the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBDL on March 15, and re-signed him to another 10-day contract on March 25.

The Australian native has appeared in two games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in 3.5 minutes.