Indians Manager Has Gall Bladder Removed

CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians manager Charlie Manuel, who was hospitalized twice last season, had surgery to remove his gall bladder Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery.

Manuel, 57, had the arthroscopic procedure at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday morning and will stay in the hospital overnight, said Indians spokesman Curtis Danburg.

Manuel (pictured, above) has been cleared to attend the baseball meetings next week in Boston.

In two seasons with the Indians, Manuel has won 181 games and this year led Cleveland to the AL Central title.

He missed 13 games both this season and in 2000 with health problems. He had scar tissue removed from his colon in August, and was hospitalized in September because of an infection in his gall bladder.

Manuel was still in the Cleveland Clinic when the Indians clinched their sixth division title in seven years, and didn't rejoin the club until the final weekend of the regular season.

After the Indians were eliminated in the AL playoffs, the club exercised its option on Manuel for next season.

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