Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, whose All-Star season was derailed by injury, will have surgery on a herniated disc in his back Wednesday and possibly sooner, according to a report on WEEI.com.
After winning 10 games in the first half and making the All-Star team for the first time in his 17-year career, the 43-year-old was hindered in the second half by the injury as well as related complications in his right leg.
He made just four starts, earning one win, after the break, and finished the season with an 11-5 record and a 4.58 ERA in 21 starts.
Wakefield has said he expects to be ready for spring training. He is on a year-to-year rolling contract with the Red Sox, and will make $4 million next year if the club brings him back.
With 175 victories in his 15 seasons in Boston, only Roger Clemens and Cy Young (192 each) have more wins as a member of the Red Sox.