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Condition that lasted two seasons is corrected

Updated: January 22, 2004, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners right-hander Freddy Garcia is recovering after operations to repair two ruptured eardrums and is expected to be ready when pitchers report for spring training Feb. 20.

Trainer Rick Griffin said Thursday the two-time All-Star has had the condition over the last two seasons.

Garcia initially ruptured an eardrum in one ear when he sneezed while the team's jetliner was landing on a trip from Kansas City to Texas in 2002. At the time, Garcia was battling a cold. ...

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