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Teixeira has surgery

Mark Teixeira had surgery on his knee a few weeks ago:

Wanting to be at full strength as he prepares for his final audition before possibly hitting the free-agent market, Mark Teixeira opted to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

The procedure was performed on his left knee in late November by noted surgeon Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo. The Braves are confident that their switch-hitting first baseman will be healthy when Spring Training begins.

"He was told he should be back to 100 percent in six weeks," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "It shouldn't impact him at all. That's why he chose to get it done."

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Teixeira felt some discomfort in his left knee during Spring Training last season and continued to battle some soreness in the regular season's early weeks. Doctors found a loose body in his knee, but the ailment didn't cause him to miss any extended time. At the end of the season, he was given the option to have this surgery.