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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle undergoes hip replacement surgery

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle underwent successful surgery on Monday to replace his ailing right hip.

PHOTO: Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle answers questions during a pre-game news conference before the NL Wild Card Playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle answers questions during a pre-game news conference before the NL Wild Card Playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The 57-year-old Hurdle spent most of the 2014 season dealing with arthritis in the hip, which made walking painful. He put off surgery until the completion of the season rather than disrupt the team in the middle of the year. Pittsburgh went 88-74 and earned a second consecutive playoff berth before falling to San Francisco in the wild-card round.

Hurdle is expected to make a full recovery well in advance of the 2015 season.

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