South Carolina starting forward Justin Minaya underwent surgery for a cartilage tear in his right knee on Friday morning in New York and will be out indefinitely, a source told ZAGSBLOG.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Minaya’s status Tuesday. Martin said the 6-foot-5 sophomore Minaya would begin rehab immediately, although a timetable for his return would be determined after the operation. Minaya hurt himself in practice this past Sunday. He missed Monday night’s 81-61 loss to Southern Conference opponent Wofford.

Minaya is the son of ex-New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya.

The younger Minaya started 30 games as a freshman for the Gamecocks (3-2), averaging nearly eight points and more than four rebounds.

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