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Wells to have cyst removed from shoulder


TORONTO -- Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells will have
surgery after the season to remove a cyst caused by a torn labrum
in his left shoulder.

A cyst is a sac within tissue containing air, fluids or
semisolid material.

Wells said he sustained the injury sometime last year. He'll
have surgery once the season ends, or earlier if doctors think he
needs additional recovery time. Either way, he's expected to be
ready in time for spring training.

"They say this is a fairly simple procedure," Wells said.
"Obviously, shoulders are difficult, you have to be careful with
them, but it should be a full recovery and they say things should
be back to normal once they're done."

Wells, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract extension
last winter, is batting .251 with 16 homers and 79 RBIs in 140
games this season. He said the injury has forced him to adjust his
swing.

"It hasn't been as consistent as it has been in the past,"
Wells said. "I've gotten a lot of pitches to hit and they've been
on the barrel. I have a lot of marks on my bat that have just been
glancing shots. I've popped a lot of balls up that normally I'd hit
a lot harder."

A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Wells hit
.303 with 32 homers and 106 RBIs in 2006.

Also Tuesday, Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus had another MRI
exam on the sore left heel that has troubled him for much of the
season.

Glaus, who had a bone spur, left Monday's game in Detroit after
experiencing pain while running the bases and might have to be shut
down for the rest of the season, general manager J.P. Ricciardi
conceded.

"We'll see how he feels," Ricciardi said. "We're still trying
to win games here. From what I understand he probably just broke
the rest of what's left there off, which I guess can be very
painful."