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Gomez undergoes 'routine' surgery on right elbow

Brewers MVP has cleanup procedure after playing most of 2013 banged up

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder and club Most Valuable Player Carlos Gomez underwent surgery on his right elbow after the season, and assistant general manager Gord Ash characterized it Saturday as "routine."

"Just a clean-up procedure to remove some bodies that were in there," Ash said.

Gomez was one of the more banged-up Brewers during the second half of 2013, receiving daily treatment on his right elbow, his right knee and his left shoulder. But he managed to play 147 games and batted a career-best .284 with 24 home runs, 73 RBIs and 40 stolen bases, making Gomez the first player in Brewers history with at least 20 homers and 40 steals

He was worth 7.6 wins above average, second best in the National League behind the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (8.2).

Gomez signed a three-year, $24 million extension during Spring Training that will kick in beginning next season. He tweeted in Spanish on Friday about the possibility of playing Winter League in the Dominican Republic, but explained that he needed to get healthy first and would require permission from the Brewers.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.

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