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Indians’ Reed Has Clot Removed

September 19, 1998

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Relief pitcher Steve Reed of the Cleveland Indians underwent a procedure Saturday to remove a small blood clot from his right arm and will be sidelined five to seven days.

Reed had an arteriogram performed by Dr. Curtis Lockhart at St. John’s Westshore Hospital to remove the clot, which had impaired blood circulation to the fingers in his pitching hand.

``Our doctors got together and convinced Steve of the necessity to have the procedure done now,″ Indians manager Mike Hargrove said.

``They said it was a 50-50 deal whether he would be able to pitch with the condition. We hope he recovers in time to be ready for the postseason.″

Reed is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday and rejoin the Indians next weekend in Minnesota for the team’s final regular-season series.

The right-hander had complained of tingling and numbness in his hand for a week. Several days of tests were performed before the small clot was discovered.

Reed, 32, was acquired from San Francisco in a five-player deal on July 23. In 18 appearances with Cleveland, he went 2-2 with a 7.03 ERA. In 50 appearances for the Giants before the trade, he went 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA and one save.

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