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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.

Russ Adams started at third base for Toronto on Wednesday and is
expected to split time with Hector Luna in the Blue Jays' final 18
games.