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Reds’ Casey Has Surgery

April 8, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey underwent surgery Wednesday to align a fractured bone below his right eye.

Doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital inserted a plate with five screws to stabilize the fracture. They said Casey will be able to play again in three to four weeks.

Casey, 23, was hit in the right eye by a throw from teammate Damian Jackson during a pregame workout last Thursday. He broke the bone and received cuts above and below the eye that required 20 stitches.

He was released from the hospital Sunday with normal vision, but needed the surgery to assure correct healing of the bone. A piece of bone was pushing on a muscle that controls eye movement, preventing him from looking up all the way.

Doctors Mark Cepela and Kevin Shumrick installed the plate and said it would allow Casey to have full motion in the eye.

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