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Garcia undergoes successful shoulder surgery

White Sox outfielder expected to rehab for six months before spring 2015 return

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning at Rush Oak Park Hospital to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder.

The surgery was performed by a team of surgeons, led by Dr. Anthony Romeo with assistance from Dr. Nik Verma and Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph. Garcia, 22, is set to remain in Chicago with the club while undergoing approximately six months of rehabilitation. He is expected to be available without restriction for the start of Spring Training in 2015.

Later in the day Tuesday, Garcia tweeted the following to his followers: "Surgery was a success! At home with family. Road back to the field starts now! #Hardwork #Dedication"

Garcia injured his shoulder trying to make a diving catch in right field on April 9 at Coors Field, in an attempt to protect a one-run White Sox lead against the Rockies. Garcia was hitting .267 with two homers, four RBIs and six runs scored in eight games.

"It went well, we do know that. I haven't talked to him yet," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's resting right now. Everything went well and they're very pleased with what happened, but he's got a long road ahead."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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