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Bad news for Brown, Grilli

By Sheldon Published: March 6, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The news wasn't good for outfielder Jordan Brown and reliever Jason Grilli, both of whom sustained injuries during workouts Friday.

Brown tore the medial meniscus cartilage in his right knee and will miss four to eight weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic early next week.

Grilli's injury was significantly more serious. Head trainer Lonnie Soloff explained that Grilli tore his quadricep muscle (near the knee).

""We're still in the process of gathering information,'' Soloff said. ""There is a high likelihood of surgical intervention that could cost Jason the balance of the season.''

Before any treatment is undertaken, Grilli will seek a second opinion.

Brown was in camp competing for a job as an extra outfielder. He got off to a good start when he homered in each of the Tribe's two intrasquad games. Grilli was hoping to latch onto a berth in the bullpen.

Jeff Idelson, president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, visited the complex with 70 of the hall's biggest donors. The hall sponsors a similar trip to a different camp every spring as a perk for its most generous benefactors, finishing off the day with an informal banquet. Bob Feller has been invited to attend tonight's dinner.

Indians president Paul Dolan is in town to get his first look at this year's team. He will remain here for the weekend, before returning to Cleveland. He will take another look when he returns to take part in ""Sponsors Weekend,'' when the club fetes its corporate supporters with a trip to Goodyear.

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