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Lew Ford undergoes sports hernia surgery

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 07: Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees catches the ball to force out Lew Ford #51 of the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the fifth inning during Game One of the American League Division Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 7, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Lew Ford getting back to the majors this season for the first since 2007 and at age 35 was an amazing story, but he ended up hitting just .183 in 25 games for the Orioles.

And now his offseason has started with surgery to repair a sports hernia, the result of an injury that caused him to miss some time in September and was initially described as a bone bruise near his hip.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ford is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training, but as a 35-year-old who hit .183 and is due for a raise via the arbitration process he’s no sure thing to be on the Orioles’ roster by then.