Jermaine Dye was not having a good season. It got even worse on Saturday.
After missing the Oakland Athletics’ last two games, Dye was placed on the 15-day disabled list with torn cartilage in his left knee.
As the A’s try to complete a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, they are also preparing to go without Dye for three-to-five weeks.
The 29-year-old outfielder, who was hitting .189 with one homer and six RBIs, twisted his knee on the outfield warning track during a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
He will have surgery Tuesday to remove floating cartilage.
“Once they take it out I won’t have to worry about something like this again,” Dye said. “It was gradually torn again. I was fine going into the other day.”
Last season, Dye batted .252 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs.
As Dye heads to the disabled list, the A’s will look to continue their recent surge. Oakland has won three straight and six of its last eight.
After winning Friday’s series opener 5-2, the A’s beat the Indians 6-3 on Saturday. John Halama held Cleveland hitless until the seventh inning and Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to give Oakland the win.
The Indians, who managed just three hits, matched their worst record after 24 games since 1979.
STANDINGS (through April 25): Indians - 4th place, 11 GB, AL Central. Athletics - 2nd place, 2 GB, AL West.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: C.C. Sabathia (0-2, 4.06 ERA). Still struggling through the effects of recent elbow troubles, Sabathia is looking for his first win of the season. The 22-year-old left-hander did not earn a decision in his last outing Tuesday. Over five innings of an 8-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, he gave up three runs and eight hits. In two previous appearances against the A’s, Sabathia is 0-1 with a 19.06 ERA.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Tim Hudson (2-1, 3.63 ERA). Hudson did not receive a decision in his last outing Tuesday, allowing three runs and three hits over 7 2-3 innings of Oakland’s 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 7.83 ERA in six career appearances against Cleveland.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .375 avg. and 16 runs; Karim Garcia, 5 HRs; Ellis Burks, 13 RBIs; Brandon Phillips and Matt Lawton, 2 SBs. Athletics - Ramon Hernandez, .373 avg.; Terrence Long, 5 HRs; Durazo, 22 RBIs; Durazo and Long, 15 runs; Eric Chavez, 2 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Athletics, 2-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - DH Burks is hitless in seven career at-bats against RHP Hudson. … OF Bradley was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring on Saturday. OF Jody Gerut was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take his spot. … 2B Phillips was back in the lineup Saturday after missing two games with a bruised right hand. Athletics - SS Miguel Tejada went 2-for-4 on Saturday for his first multi-hit game since April 9. … OF Jason Grabowski was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Dye’s place on the roster. Grabowski was hitting .377 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 21 games with the Rivercats. … RHP Hudson’s 7.83 ERA against the Indians is his highest versus any opponent.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 4-10 on the road; Athletics - 11-3 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Cliff Lee (abdominal), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; IF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL. Athletics - OF Dye (knee), 15-day DL.