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Al Roker wasn't on the Today show this morning.

He was missing because he's having surgery. "Rotator cuff repair this am," he tweeted, adding, "Thanks to Dr. Riley Williams and his team, back to pitching middle relief for the Yankees before you know it."

His absence meant that Matt Lauer had to break the big news without Roker: The two filmed a cameo on Tuesday for Sharknado 2, coming this summer. It was done right in the Today show's Studio 1A. (We're assuming this isn't a day-old April Fool's Day joke, although it could qualify.)

Says Roker in his cameo: "Think of this way: It's a twister with teeth."

Sharknado 2: The Second One will air on Syfy on July 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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