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Bruney making moves to avoid surgery

Bruney looks to avoid surgery on foot

NEW YORK -- Knowing that surgery would wipe out the remainder of his 2008 season, Yankees right-hander Brian Bruney has visited multiple physicians, hoping for a more optimistic diagnosis than the ones he has already received.

Bruney said that Dr. Martin O'Malley in New York, the third physician with whom he sought consultation, recommended on Tuesday that Bruney wear a protective boot for about a month and be re-evaluated after, an effort to save his campaign.

The first two doctors Bruney saw recommended surgery, but Bruney insists that he does not even feel pain when he wears the boot, though he is limping a little bit as he gets adjusted to carrying the extra weight around. Bruney has not yet decided what course of action he will take.

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"My hope is that I wear this thing for a month, come out of it, and it feels good," Bruney said. "I've had more painful injuries and played with those. It's hard for me to believe that I need surgery, because it really doesn't hurt that bad. It doesn't seem far-fetched to me that if I let it rest for a month. ... I feel like I should be better."

Bruney is wearing the boot to guard an injury to the Lisfranc joint of his right foot. The reliever slipped and fell while attempting to cover first base in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 9-5 victory at Chicago on April 22.

Bruney, 26, was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in nine appearances spanning 11 1/3 innings. He has drawn some hope from the case of New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who suffered a Lisfranc injury in November 2006, and was able to avoid surgery.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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