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Infielder Omar Infante undergoes successful surgery
01/18/2008 4:24 PM ET
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves infielder Omar Infante had successful surgery today to repair a mid-shaft fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. The operation was performed in Atlanta by Braves Associate Physician Dr. Gary Lourie.

Infante, who was hit by a pitch in a Venezuelan winter-league game on January 12, had a pin placed in the hand and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Following his next evaluation, Infante is expected to wear a cast for four-to-six weeks and will most likely be ready to resume baseball activities in mid-March.

Infante, 26, was acquired by the Braves in a December 4, 2007, trade with the Chicago Cubs. He played the 2007 season with the Detroit Tigers and batted .271 (45-for-166) with two home runs and 17 RBI in 66 games. Known as a versatile fielder, Infante played six positions last season, most often at second base (20 games). He also appeared at shortstop (14 games), third base (nine), center field (12), right field (six) and left field (one). The Venezuela native hit .281 (18-for-64) against left-handed pitchers and posted a .413 batting average (19-for-46) with runners in scoring position in 2007.

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