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Brewers expected to announce Hoffman's contract Wednesday; Counsell schedules an operation

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The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to announce the re-signing of closer Trevor Hoffman Wednesday, when they hold their season-ending news conference.

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Assistant general manager Gord Ash would not confirm numerous media reports that Hoffman has agreed to another one-year deal.

It's said to be worth up to $8.5 million including incentives, plus a mutual option for 2011 with a buyout of up to $1 million.

Hoffman, the Majors' all-time saves leader, joined Milwaukee this year after 16 seasons in San Diego.

He turns 42 next week, and he converted 37-41 save chances this year with a 1.83 ERA.

Craig Counsell is the latest Brewer to have an upcoming operation.

The veteran infielder will have arthroscopic surgery next week to clean up a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Counsell said he felt discomfort at spring training, and he opted not to have surgery at that time.

He went on to play 130 games this season, batting .285.

Counsell joins infielder Casey McGehee and starters Manny Parra and Braden Looper on the operating table in the next couple weeks.

Parra will have arthroscopic surgery today to smooth his AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

McGehee will have loose particles in his right knee removed today.

Looper will have a torn meniscus in his right knee repaired next week. Team physician William Raasch is performing all four operations.

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