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Injury not expected to dim baseball future for Clovis North's Rossi

The immediate baseball future of Clovis North star Rossi doesn't appear to be in jeopardy after he injured his right knee while playing quarterback Friday night in the Broncos' 28-7 loss to Long Beach Poly.

The senior was forced out late in the game after being driven hard into the artificial surface at Long Beach City College's Veterans Memorial Stadium in the CIF State South Division I Regional.

The Bee 2012 All-Star shortstop in baseball and a football Player of the Year candidate, will be examined Tuesday by Rod Kraft of the Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center.

"I don't see him missing the baseball season; I don't think it's that type of injury, like an ACL or MCL," says Rick Rossi, his father. "He wasn't hit on the side of the knee; a guy landed on top of him, pounding the kneecap into the turf."

Rossi missed four weeks of the football season in 2011 with a sprained MCL to his left knee, but he finished the season before then leading Clovis North's 20-11 baseball team in every major offensive category.

"That injury was much worse," the father says of the professional and major college baseball prospect. "He couldn't even walk on that. But he walked off the field (Friday) on his power, so that's good. And it's gotten a lot better in the last 24 or 36 hours. But we'll just have to wait until Dr. Kraft examines him and go from there."