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Outfielder on DL, out indefinitely

DENVER -- Colorado Rockies center fielder Preston Wilson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week and be sidelined indefinitely.

Wilson, who did not start for the third straight game Wednesday
night, has torn cartilage in his left knee. While he was hopeful of
returning to play this season, there was no timetable on his
recovery.

Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to
April 13. The Rockies said outfielder Matt Holliday will be
recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will join the team
Thursday.

Wilson, who led the NL in RBIs last season with 141, was hobbled
for most of spring training with a sore left knee. He began
experiencing swelling during the past week.

"He started to get more and more swelling," Rockies trainer
Tom Probst said, "and we were not able to control it with
treatment. It wasn't getting any better. We just went to the next
step. He'll have arthroscopic surgery, and there is no timetable
for his return."

Wilson was relieved to know what was causing the discomfort.

"Now that we know what it is, hopefully we're going to get it
right and when I come back I'm going to be 100 percent," he said.
"It's good any time you know what's going on in there. When you're
kind of left in that gray area where you don't really know what to
think, it's a little bit tough."

Asked if he was confident of returning this season, Wilson said,
"I think so. But you never know."

The Rockies are already without right fielder Larry Walker, who
is on the disabled list with a strained left groin.

Manager Clint Hurdle said Wilson will be missed.

"Preston loves to compete," Hurdle said. "He made quite a
statement last year. He's our center fielder and he hits cleanup
for us. We're just going to have to deal with it."