Knee injury sidelines Iribarren for 2011 season
Utility infielder, who played well while in camp with the Colorado Rockies, will miss the entire 2011 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He suffered the knee injury while running to first base in a minor league game.
The left-handed hitting Iribarren, 26, was scheduled to begin the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he would have provided infield depth for the Rockies. They signed him as a minor league free agent in January and brought him to big league camp. In 16 Cactus League games, Iribarren hit .286 (10-for-35) with two doubles, four RBI and two walks and eight strikeouts. Reassigned to minor league camp March 19, Iribarren also had a .316 on-base percentage and .343 slugging percentage in Cactus League play.
Iribarren spent his first seven professional seasons in the Milwaukee organization, playing 12 games with the Brewers in both 2008 and 2009, and came to the Rockies organization after a season at Texas’ Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate last year where he hit .275/.333/.385 with eight homers and 70 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 128 games.