93 Rodeo Bad Slave Cylinder?

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me. I have a 1993 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 with the 3.2l V6 and 5 speed manual. Vehicle has 117,000 miles. It has run great the 2 years that I've owned it.
The other day I was driving and accelerated from a stop. As I was upshifting into 3rd gear the clutch pedal would not release. In other words my shift was fine and the clutch pedal depressed normally but got stuck and would not spring back when I took my foot off the clutch pedal. I then put the shifter into neutral and coasted into a parking lot and stopped. I turned the vehicle off and checked the clutch fluid. The master cylinder was dry. Let me add that the fuid level was fine when I checked everything the day before. So I manually pulled the clutch pedal back out and topped off the master cylinder. Now the clutch pedal will only depress half way. The pedal becomes very hard to push in. If I try to start the vehicle it lurches forward slightly as if it's in gear even though the shifter is in neutral. The vehicle will not start. The guy at Auto Zone said the clutch slave cylinder is shot. Has anyone else had this problem and if so was it the slave cylinder? I also notice the vehicle has a clutch damper cylinder. Is it possible this might be bad? I towed the vehicle to a mechanic but he wanted the full price of a clutch replacement ($1500) before he could tell me what was wrong. He said he needed to take out the old clutch first before he knew what was wrong. I'm thinking it might not be the clutch, just one of the cylinders. There was so prior sign of any problem with the clutch prior to this. Can anyone help please?
Bob
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Hello Bob Im no expert but i had same prob on 93 troop 3.2 132k and it was slave then year later pedal turned to mush. This time it was master. good luck
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