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Pirates manager Hurdle to have 2nd hip replacement surgery

| Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 3:12 p.m.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle watches his team take batting practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle watches his team take batting practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at PNC Park.

On the eve of his second hip replacement surgery in three months, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle couldn't resist making a pun about it.

“I'm going to be the hippest cat in town,” Hurdle on Tuesday quipped in an email in which he revealed he will have surgery Wednesday.

After being hobbled last season by arthritis, Hurdle, 57, had his right hip replaced Oct. 6. The same painful condition has flared up in his left hip, which also will be replaced.

“I knew I would need the other one (replaced), too, someday, but I just didn't know when,” Hurdle said by phone. “We all thought it was best to get it done now.”

Hurdle will not be able to attend the Pirates' voluntary workout sessions next week in Bradenton, Fla. However, he expects to be in uniform when pitchers and catchers hold their first spring training workout Feb. 19 at Pirate City. The first full-squad preseason practice will be Feb. 24.

“The plan is to be jogging by spring training,” Hurdle said.

Hurdle said his email about the surgery prompted several funny replies from his friends.

“One of them said, ‘You're already an upstanding person. Maybe now you'll be even more upstanding,' ” Hurdle said. “Another asked if I was going to need jaw replacement surgery because of all my gum chewing in the dugout.”

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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