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Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano underwent successful surgery to repair core-muscle injuries Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute, which specializes core-muscle injuries, performed the procedure. He repaired damage to the left and right sides of Cano’s abdominal area. The injury often is called a sports hernia.

Originally, Meyers was scheduled to repair damage only to the right side. But further tests and an MRI exam revealed damage to the left side.

The recovery should take approximately six weeks. After that Cano should be able to return to baseball activities and is expected to be ready for spring training. Cano usually takes the first four to five weeks of the offseason to rest his body. The recovery time from the surgery shouldn’t affect his offseason preparation. He will spend his recovery time at his home in the Dominican Republic.  It was his first surgery.

Cano, 32, suffered an abdominal strain July 28, missed a few days and returned to the lineup. He played the remainder of the season, unable to sprint or make quick or sudden movements without pain. The Mariners believed Cano had suffered a sports hernia but allowed him to play through the pain. They did more extensive tests in the days leading up to the offseason to be certain if surgery would be needed.

His numbers after the injury were impressive. Cano played in 58 games, hitting .328 with an .877 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), 10 doubles, 10 homers, 19 walks, 33 runs scored and 37 RBI. Despite a miserable first two months of the season,  Cano finished with a .287 average, 34 doubles, a triple, 21 homers and 79 RBI in 156 games.