Glaus will undergo season-ending surgery in left foot
TORONTO -- Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a nerve in his left foot, the latest blow in an injury-filled season that has also included accusations he received performance-enhancing drugs.
"The surgery is a nerve decompression surgery," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "He's going to have a consultation later this week, just to kind of get ready for it, then he's going to have the surgery Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday."
The surgery will be performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Phillip Kwong. Glaus will need to rest for about a month afterward but is expected to be healthy in time for spring training.
It has been a difficult month for Glaus, whose name surfaced in a report last week accusing him of receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications. Glaus has declined to comment on the report.
Ricciardi said he has spoken privately with Glaus about the accusations, but refused to discuss details of the conversation.
"That conversation was private, between he and I," Ricciardi said. "I'm not going to really share anything. I felt like what he told me is fine. It's not my place to pass judgment."
Glaus has been hobbled by a variety of 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.
Ricciardi said Glaus visited Kwong while the Blue Jays were in California late last month and underwent a procedure to freeze the nerve in his foot, helping him to deal with the pain.
"It started in spring training," Ricciardi said. "He could play two weeks, and then you'd have to back him off, then he'd play two weeks, then you'd back him off. He just couldn't have a healthy season."
The news comes one day after the Blue Jays revealed that outfielder Vernon Wells will require offseason surgery to remove a cyst caused by a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Like Glaus, Wells is expected to be healthy in time for spring training.
A four time All-Star, Glaus led the AL with 47 homers in 2000 and was MVP of the 2002 World Series for the Anaheim Angels, then missed large stretches in 2003 and 2004 because of shoulder problems.
Glaus is batting .262 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs in 115 games this season. He left Monday's game at Detroit in the second inning after experiencing pain while running the bases.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press