Cliff Lee had foot surgery in his home state of Arkansas to remove a bone spur in his left foot. The surgery is minor and is more of an comfort issue. Lee is expected to not participate when Seattle's pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week.
Lee had a small bone fragment floating in his left foot below his ankle and had the surgery to improve comfort in his opening stretch. This is a similar surgery to that of Phillies closer Brad Lidge.
Lidge had multiple bone spurs removed from his elbow and credited some of it to his discomfort and some of the velocity he believes he lost in his slider.
In a portion of their release to the media the Mariners estimated that Lee would continue his upper body workouts but gradually move into full motion activities in the next two to three weeks. The surgery did not require a cast.
Lee was a part of the highly publicized trades following the acquiring of starter Roy Halladay. Lee was sent to Seattle for a combo of three minor league prospects.
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