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Knee Inflammation Shuts Down Gregg

            Struggling Marlins closer Kevin Gregg said he'll be sidelined indefinitely with left knee inflammatoin, which he blames for part of his recent problems. Gregg gave up a grand slam home run to Carlos Beltran in the ninth on Friday, giving him four losses in his past seven outings.

            No announcement has been made about which reliever would assume the closer's role in Gregg's absence, though Matt Lindstrom would loom as a likely candidate.

           Gregg, who leads the majors with nine blown saves, said the knee has bothered him for several weeks.

           "Unfortunately, I think I made a bad decision of trying to play through some inflamation in my knee," Gregg told reporters after the clubhouse opened this afternoon. "We've got to back off it a little bit. It has been barking at me a little bit."

          Gregg said he didn't know how much time he would have to miss. But, with rosters expanding on Monday, the Marlins have no need to place him on the disabled list.

          Following his latest meltdown on Friday, Gregg said he was "killing" the team with his failure to close out wins.

          Lindstrom said he has not been told anything about changing roles.

         "If they want to use me in that role, I welcome it," Lindstrom said. "If that's what they decide to do, I'll be ready to go."

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