Blake undergoes neck surgery in LA

Blake undergoes neck surgery in LA

WASHINGTON -- Casey Blake had neck surgery performed Tuesday in Los Angeles to relieve pressure on a nerve that was causing him discomfort.

Dr. Robert Watkins Jr. performed the procedure, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that a nerve was getting pinched, causing Blake much discomfort recently. Blake will remain in the hospital overnight and in a neck brace for a few weeks. He will not return this season.

Mattingly said it should be a pretty normal offseason for Blake, in terms of baseball.

Blake had a rough 2011, landing on the disabled list three different times for three different problems (cervical strain, left elbow infection, back), and never actually went on the disabled list for this most recent problem.

His last game was on Aug. 31 versus the Padres, and the 38-year old Blake played just 63 games this year, batting .252 with four homers and 26 RBIs.