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Second opinion confirms surgery for Velasquez

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MIAMI -- Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery for a vascular issue with his right middle finger, though a date has not yet been set, the Phillies confirmed on Thursday.

The right-hander received a second opinion on Tuesday in Dallas to be sure a procedure was necessary. Velasquez has a pinch that is limiting blood flow to the finger, possibly caused by loose cartilage at the tip of the finger.

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MIAMI -- Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery for a vascular issue with his right middle finger, though a date has not yet been set, the Phillies confirmed on Thursday.

The right-hander received a second opinion on Tuesday in Dallas to be sure a procedure was necessary. Velasquez has a pinch that is limiting blood flow to the finger, possibly caused by loose cartilage at the tip of the finger.

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Velasquez, 25, is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Recuperation for the surgery is six to eight weeks.

The Phillies originally announced Velasquez would undergo season-ending surgery when they placed him on the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 22. He hadn't pitched since Aug. 10, the same day he exited a start against the Mets feeling numbness in his middle finger.

In 15 starts for the Phillies this year, the hard-throwing Velasquez went 2-7 with a 5.13 ERA over 72 innings. Just a year ago, he posted an 8-6 record with a 4.12 ERA in 24 starts.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.

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