HOUSTON (AP) -Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Jon Lieber will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a ruptured tendon in his left foot.
The 37-year-old right-hander suffered the injury on June 20 while backing up home plate on a play in Cleveland. He went on the disabled list three days later.
Lieber was 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 starts this season. He was the Phillies' opening-day starter in 2005 and '06, but will become a free agent after this season.
``He pitched some good baseball for us,'' said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. ``If things had been a little bit different, he could've pitched better. He had the talent.''
Lieber will have the surgery at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, the team said.
Lieber went 20-6 with the Chicago Cubs in 2001, but he's had only two winning records since - in 2004 with the New York Yankees (14-8) and 2005 with the Phillies (17-13).
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