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Gerut and the Pittsburgh Pirates have come to an agreement regarding the outfielder's right knee. He will bypass surgery and report to extended spring training. Gerut told Pirates GM Dave Littlefield his knee was bothering him after he was demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis at the end of spring training. The Pirates agreed Gerut had tendinitis, but suspended him without pay when he announced he was going to undergo a procedure on the ailing knee.
Gerut was placed on the minor league restricted list Thursday by the Pirates after the outfielder decided to have right knee surgery against the team's wishes. Gerut, who was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis during the final spring training cutdown last month, won't be paid his $875,000 salary if he has the surgery done. Furthermore, he also must pay any travel costs associated with the surgery.
The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Gerut to the minors Friday, meaning two Pittsburgh prospects, center fielders Chris Duffy and Nate McLouth, are likely to make the 25-man roster for opening day. Gerut hit for a higher average this spring than both Duffy and McLouth, hitting .349 (13-for-45), though with just three doubles and three RBIs.
Gerut signed an $875,000, one-year contract with the Pirates on Tuesday. The outfielder started the 2004 season with the Indians before being traded to the Cubs on July 19, and then being traded to the Pirates on July 31. A knee injury limited Gerut to just four hits in 18 at-bats with the Pirates.
Gerut, who has not played since August 10 due to irritation to a surgically repaired tendon in his right knee, will not return to active duty until next year. In 59 games with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, he hit .253 in 370 at bats with one home run and 14 RBI.
Gerut is nursing an irritated tendon in his right knee, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed him on the 15-day disabled list as a result. The outfielder, who has spent time on three different teams this season, will be replaced on the roster by Nate McLouth.
Gerut has been traded for the second time in two weeks, this time moving from the Chicago Cubs to the Pittsburgh Pirates for veteran Matt Lawton. Gerut went just 1-for-14 for the Cubs since arriving from Cleveland for outfield prospect Jason Dubois on July 18. For the season, Gerut is batting .257 with a homer and 12 RBI in 55 games.
The Cleveland Indians have traded Gerut to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for fellow outfielder Jason Dubois. Coming off knee surgery, the 27-year-old Gerut, who is an Illinois native, was the odd man out in the Indians' outfield rotation this season. In 43 games (135 at-bats), he has batted .267 with one home run, 11 RBI and a stolen base.
With Coco Crisp back from the disabled list, there's a logjam in the Cleveland outfield. Perhaps Gerut will lose some playing time in the four-man mix of Gerut, Crisp, Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake. Gerut has started fast since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 18. He has batted .327 with a .411 on-base percentage in 15 games.
With Coco Crisp going on the disabled list Wednesday with a hand injury, the Cleveland Indians have recalled Gerut from Triple-A Buffalo to take his roster spot. Gerut has been playing at Buffalo since completing a minor league rehab assignment last week. He has been recovering from surgical reconstruction of the ACL in his right knee last September.
Gerut was hitting .438 with three homers and eight RBI in 12 games at Buffalo. He and Ryan Ludwick will compete for playing time in left field with Crisp sidelined.
The Cleveland Indians activated Gerut from the disabled list on Friday. Recovered from surgical reconstruction of the ACL of his right knee, the 27-year-old outfielder was immediately optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, where he had been playing since May 3 as part of his minor league rehab assignment. The Indians chose to use one of their two remaining options on Gerut instead of bringing him up to the majors.
Gerut is batting .394 (13-for-33) with two homers and five RBI in eight games at Buffalo.