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Cliff Lee almost ready to take mound again after minor foot surgery

Feb 18, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

Cliff Lee gave Mariners fans a scare earlier this month by undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left foot, but it looks like reports of the operation being “minor” will prove accurate.
Lee is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring next Wednesday, which would actually put him slightly ahead of the initial recovery timetable issued by the Mariners. Here’s how Lee explained the situation to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

The doctor looked at it and found this bony mass at the top of my foot. I was told I could do two things: either have surgery on it right away or start taking these shots to numb the pain and keep taking them all season. No way I was going to do that, so I had the surgery. I’m getting around pretty good on it right now.

Definitely the right decision, because trying to pitch through the pain would have been a mistake and there’s still more than enough time for Lee to get ready for Opening Day. In fact, if he can get on a mound next week and avoid a setback he’ll basically be right on schedule with the rest of the pitching staff.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    That’s it, Cliff. Heal up in a hurry and go out there and kick some Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, Burbank and Pasadena Angels of Anaheim, Newport Beach, Garden Grove, Fullerton and Hawaiian Gardens ass.
    .
    Er, wait – maybe that’s not such a great idea….

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