Blue Jays' Glaus has surgery; Overbay to undergo season-ending procedure Print
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Monday, 17 September 2007 12:50
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 TORONTO (AP) -Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus had surgery on his left foot Monday, and first baseman Lyle Overbay will have a procedure next week to remove four screws from his hand.
Glaus has been hobbled by a foot and leg ailments throughout the season, including a painful heel condition called plantar fasciitis. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 12, missing 14 games, then sat out games in May and August.
``From what I understand, the nerve was really restricted. They opened it up, and now it's freed up,'' general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. ``It relieves the pain, relieves the pressure. The doctor is really confident he'll be ready for spring training.''
Glaus batted .262 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 115 games. SI.com reported this month that Glaus received performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 and 2004 from a Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications. Glaus has declined to comment.
Overbay broke his right pinky in early June when he was hit by a pitch by John Danks of the Chicago White Sox. Overbay returned following a 31-game absence but has batted just .229 (49-for-14) after coming back.
Ricciardi said the four screws that were placed in Overbay's hand when he was injured will be removed when the Blue Jays travel to Baltimore on Sept. 25.
``We can still pinch hit him and play him defensively,'' Ricciardi. ``Once we go to Baltimore, he's pretty much done for the year.''
Overbay entered Monday with a .242 average, 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 116 games. It is his lowest average since batting .100 in 10 games as an Arizona rookie in 2002.
Left-hander Scott Downs is expected to miss the series against Boston with what doctors suspect is gout in his right foot.
Closer B.J. Ryan, who had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in April, resumed throwing about three weeks ago and joined the Blue Jays on Monday for a consultation with the team's medical staff.
``He's been throwing from 40 feet. The trainers want to videotape him and watch how he's throwing,'' Ricciardi said. ``The next step is to get to 60 feet. He's right on schedule.''
Ryan will travel to New York with the Blue Jays and throw once more, then will return home to Dallas and continue rehabbing.
 

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