Lieber undergoing surgery for ruptured tendon

HOUSTON -- Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Jon Lieber will
undergo season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a ruptured tendon
in his left foot.

Jon Lieber


Starting Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies


The 37-year-old right-hander suffered the injury on June 20
while backing up home plate on a play in Cleveland. He went on the
disabled list three days later.

Lieber was 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 starts this season. He was
the Phillies' Opening Day starter in 2005 and '06, but will become
a free agent after this season.

"He pitched some good baseball for us," said Phillies manager
Charlie Manuel. "If things had been a little bit different, he
could've pitched better. He had the talent."

Lieber will have the surgery at the Mercy Medical Center in
Baltimore, the team said.

Lieber went 20-6 with the Chicago Cubs in 2001, but he's had
only two winning records since -- in 2004 with the New York Yankees
(14-8) and 2005 with the Phillies (17-13).