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Snyder undergoes back surgery

Snyder undergoes back surgery

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PHOENIX -- D-backs catcher Chris Snyder underwent successful microdiskectomy surgery on his back Wednesday and is expected to be ready at the start of Spring Training.

The surgery, which was performed by Chris Yeung, was done to relieve pressure on the nerve in Snyder's lower back, which has caused him problems for much of the season.

"Dr. Yeung said that it was the best outcome that we could have possibly hoped for," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "He'll start his rehabilitation soon; he'll do some strengthening exercises."

Snyder signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract extension that included a club option for 2012 in December and was expected to be part of the D-backs' future behind the plate.

The 28-year-old got off to a slow start at the plate and was hampered by back problems in May before finally going on the disabled list June 23. He was activated July 28 but returned to the DL in late August.

Backup catcher Miguel Montero played exceedingly well in Snyder's absence and appears to be the starter going forward.

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

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