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Cliff Lee has surgery to remove bone spur from foot

Feb 8, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

That sound you just heard was the optimism of Mariners fans blowing up like the Hindenburg.

OK, so that last sentence was way over the top. But there must be at least a little bit of concern in Seattle with the news from MLB.com that Cliff Lee underwent foot surgery on Friday.

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Bryan Burke, removed a floating bone spur in Lee’s left foot that broke from its attachment. The procedure will not require Lee to wear a cast. He’s expected to return to normal baseball activities in the next two to three weeks, which means Lee will be unable to participate in workouts when Mariners pitchers and catchers report to camp in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 18.

“We decided Lee should have the surgery as soon as possible, rather than try to pitch with the discomfort during the year,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “To get it out of the way and have it behind us is important.”

This procedure looks like a minor thing, and it’s not as if Lee showed any signs of health problems in the playoffs.

Besides, with the magic Zduriencik has been working lately, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if he’s actually going to use the bone spur to clone a new and better Lee – and at half the price.

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  1. Old Gator - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Yeah, but now Cliff won’t be able to use his foot to strip bamboo leaves either. As I’ve mentioned before, that’s what Pandas do with their bone spurs. You never hear about a Panda being rushed into surgery to get them ready for the bamboo season, do you? And if Cliff can’t pitch, how is he going to eat?

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