D. Lee has surgery on his right thumb

D. Lee has surgery on his right thumb

Free agent Derrek Lee underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb last Friday.

Lee reportedly felt pain throughout most of the 2010 season, likely limiting his production down the stretch for the Braves, who acquired the veteran first baseman in August.

The surgery was performed at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles by specialist Dr. Steven Shin, according to multiple media reports. Lee is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training.

Lee's production fell off this season after a prolific year at the plate in 2009. After hitting 35 homers and 111 RBIs one year ago, Lee's totals dropped to 19 homers and 80 RBIs in '10.

Lee is expected to require a cast on his forearm for six weeks, followed by four weeks of rehabilitation. That timeline, of course, is subject to change.

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