Mariners’ Lee had foot surgery

The Seattle Mariners say left-hander Cliff Lee is recovering from

minor left foot surgery and will be limited when pitchers and

catchers report to spring training this month.

The team announced Monday that its biggest offseason

acquisition had surgery Friday in his native Arkansas to remove a

bone spur that broke loose and was floating in his left foot.

Lee was acquired from Philadelphia this winter in a

complicated four-team deal. His injured foot is not in a cast, and

he is continuing his upper-body exercise program. The Mariners says

the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner will “gradually return to all

normal baseball activities” over the next two to three weeks.

Seattle’s first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 18.