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Chavez hopes to be ready by spring

Updated: June 23, 2009, 9:34 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez had back surgery Tuesday, a season-ending procedure he hopes will salvage his career.

The six-time Gold Glover, on the 60-day disabled list with a herniated disk and strained right forearm, had the operation performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. It was the second back surgery for Chavez -- the same microdiscectomy surgery in a different spot -- and his fifth operation overall since Sept. 5, 2007. He also had three shoulder ...

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