Orioles outfielder Lew Ford, who was limited at the end of the September with discomfort in his midsection, underwent sports hernia surgery this month, according to a club source.
Ford is expected to make a full recovery and be without restrictions when spring training begins in February. He could not be reached for comment.
The 36-year-old outfielder batted .183 with three homers and four RBIs in 25 games for the Orioles in 2012 after hitting .331 in 62 games for Triple-A Norfolk. Ford started his storybook season with the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks and ended it in the Major League postseason.
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In late September, Ford missed six days with pain in his midsection that was diagnosed as a bone bruise near his hip. He was cleared for the playoffs and had three hits in eight at-bats in the Orioles’ loss to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. In the 3-1 finale, Ford’s eighth-inning RBI single was the Orioles’ lone run against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Ford is eligible for arbitration this offseason; the Orioles have until Nov. 30 to decide whether to tender him a contract for next year.