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Mahoney will have knee surgery; winter league stint over

First base prospect Joe Mahoney visited Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday to get his right wrist looked at. The good news is that the injury, which occurred during the one game Mahoney played in the Venezuelan Winter League, was diagnosed as a right wrist sprain, though Mahoney will see a hand specialist Friday to make sure.

The bad news is while he was there, Mahoney happened to mention that his right knee has been bothering him for the past three or four months. He was ultimately diagnosed with a meniscus tear, and he will have surgery to repair it today.

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Mahoney will be shut down from baseball activities for six to eight weeks, ending his winter league plans. However, it shouldn't affect his preparations for the 2011 season much.

Mahoney, 23, hit .307 with 18 homers and 78 RBIs in 124 games this past season for Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He was given the organization's Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year award.

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Also, fellow Orioles first base prospect Tyler Townsend will see a hand specialist today, and he's scheduled to have a cyst removed from his hand Thursday. Townsend played in just one game in the Arizona Fall League before the injury ended his stint there.

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