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Martina Navratilova
Surgery has Ventura on move

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. — Only months after wrapping up a 16-year major league career, Robin Ventura could barely walk without a cane. So intense was the discomfort in his right ankle, mangled during an earlier slide and deadened with painkillers thereafter, that the former All-Star third baseman found he lingered in bed a little longer each morning, unwilling to step into the day. "I didn't go places for a long time," Ventura volunteers, "because I didn't feel like getting up and walking." Drastic measures, he says, were seriously considered. As Ventura remembers it, "I told my wife, 'I am at the point where if I have to cut it off,...

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