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Maddux Might Have Eye Surgery

Greg Maddux has always pitched with laserlike precision. Now he wants to fix his eye sight the same way.

The four-time Cy Young Award winner told the Atlanta Braves he would like to undergo corrective laser eye surgery so he would no longer have to wear contact lenses.

"He's been talking about it since he got down here," manager Bobby Cox said Sunday. "I don't know if he'll have it."

Maddux, who wears contact lenses when pitching and small, wire-rimmed glasses off the field, has said if he had the surgery he probably wouldn't even miss a start.

"It's no big deal," Maddux told The Orlando Sentinel. "It's something that if I do it, great. If not, it's no big deal."

Maddux has been having problems with several different sets of contact lenses, the newspaper said. The paper added that Cox was concerned that if Maddux had the procedure done, there could be complications, including blurred vision.

Both Cox and Maddux agreed to talk to general manager John Schuerholz and team doctors before any action is taken.

Maddux, who did not travel to Vero Beach for a game against the Dodgers on Sunday, was not immediately available for comment.

Schuerholz was not at the club's spring training office and his secretary said he would not be available until Monday.

Maddux pitched six innings in a 6-1 victory against Kansas City on Saturday, allowing six hits and one run and lowering his spring ERA to 2.25 in 20 innings.

Maddux was 18-9 last season with a 2.22 ERA and has a 12-year career mark of 202-117 with a 2.75 ERA.

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