Swollen knee lands Angels' Lee Smith on DL AMERICAN LEAGUE

April 05, 1996|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- California Angels closer Lee Smith, suffering from swelling of his surgically repaired right knee, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday.

Smith, the all-time saves leader with 471, injured his knee stepping into a hole while on an off-season hunting trip in Louisiana. He underwent surgery to repair the patella tendon Nov. 12 and has not regained the form that enabled him to save 37 games last season.

Team medical director Lewis Yocum drained fluid from Smith's knee yesterday and he was placed on the DL for only the second time in his 17-year career. Smith suffered a pulled groin in 1986 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

With Smith sidelined, the closer's role will go to Troy Percival.

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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