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Toronto centre fielder Vernon Wells has had surgery to repair some cartilage damage in his left wrist and is expected to be ready for spring training.


Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Vernon Wells is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing successful surgery on his left wrist, a team spokesman said Friday.

The procedure was performed Thursday and repaired some cartilage damage in his left wrist, which he broke diving to make a catch against the Indians in 2008.

Wells struggled through perhaps his worst season as a pro in 2009, batting just .260 with 15 home runs, 66 RBIs while becoming a lightning rod for disgruntled fans disappointed in his performance.

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The soon-to-be 31-year-old struggled with pain in his wrist over the summer and a decision to have the operation was made when it didn't subside once the season ended.

Wells hasn't had a healthy year since batting .303 with 32 homers and 106 RBIs in 2006, after which he signed a $126-million (U.S.), seven-year contract extension that runs through 2014.

He played through a shoulder injury in 2007 and broke his wrist and suffered a groin injury in '08. He also had a thumb injury in September.

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