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Royals' Febles Out 2-3 Weeks


Rookie second baseman Carlos Febles will be out two or three weeks with ligament damage to the little finger of his left hand, the Kansas City Royals said Monday.

Febles tore ligaments in the finger while sliding into second against Tampa Bay on Friday. He left the game immediately and has not played since.

After a re-examination in Kansas City on Monday, the finger was placed in a splint and Febles was put on the 15-day disabled list.

"It hurts us tremendously, " said manager Tony Muser.

The 22-year-old Febles was hitting .267 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs and was second in the AL with nine triples.

Jed Hansen started in Febles' place Saturday and Sunday and Ray Holbert got the start against Baltimore on Monday.

Febles said he had a similar injury in the minor leagues that was not as serious. Asked whether he felt frustrated, he said, "No. Well, maybe a little bit."

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