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Hartlieb undergoes foot surgery


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Geoff Hartlieb. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Pirates announced RHP Geoff Hartlieb underwent right foot surgery Wednesday. He is projected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training.

Hartlieb told me before the regular season finale on Sep. 29 that he had been dealing with pain in his foot for "awhile," but did not disclose when it started. He said then that he would meet with a doctor the next day.

Being that his right foot is the one he pushes off the rubber with, he said the injury affected his delivery.

The injury was first brought to attention after the game on Sep. 28, when then-manager Clint Hurdle announced Hartlieb was unavailable to pitch that day and the finale. It seemed to come as a surprise to Hurdle. When asked about the health status of some of his pitchers before that game, he said Hartlieb was fine. He was not mentioned in any of the September injury reports by director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk.

Hartlieb's final outing of the year came on Sep. 20 in Milwaukee, where he allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Hurdle said on Sep. 28 that he had not seen game action due to the number of other pitchers available and not finding the right spot for him.

Hartlieb, a 25-year-old former 29th round pick, made his major league debut on May 18. He struck out 38 batters over 35 innings for the Pirates and recorded an ERA of 9.00. He had more success in Triple-A Indianapolis, finishing with a 2.50 ERA and a 30.7 K% in 26 games pitched.

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