Damaso Garcia recovering after brain surgery


Former major-league second baseman Damaso Garcia is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, his doctor says.

Garcia, 36, was transferred Monday from Victoria Hospital in Miami, where he had surgery 10 days earlier, to West Gables Rehabilitative Hospital, where he will begin speech therapy to correct a slur resulting from the tumor.

"He's doing very well," said Chicago Cubs outfielder George Bell, who visited Monday. "The only problem is his speech." Bell played with Garcia on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Garcia was a second baseman for the Blue Jays for most of the 1980s before closing his career in the National League with the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos.

Garcia broke into the majors in 1978 with the New York Yankees.

:. He suffered a seizure in his home in Santa

Domingo in the Dominican Republic earlier this month.

* REDS: Eric Davis had medical tests on his kidney to determine whether an injury from the World Series still is causing him problems.

The outfielder had a CT scan on his right kidney, which he lacerated while trying to make a diving catch in Game 4 of the Series. Results weren't available before the Reds' game last night against the Chicago Cubs.

Davis said yesterday that he's felt run down and had pain in the area of his kidney. He called Reds trainers to set up the exam.

"I just have no strength at all," he said. "I get tired real fast, and my lower back hurts around the kidney area."

* RANGERS: Texas plans to decide today whether to place Nolan Ryan on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a shoulder injury.

Ryan will miss at least one start and may throw only twice in the first two weeks of August because of muscle spasms in his right shoulder, the club said.

"He has not been placed on the disabled list. He will be re-evaluated when he gets to Chicago," Rangers spokesman Larry Kelly said. "At that time, if there's no improvement in his status, it's unlikely that he will pitch on the current road trip."

* PIRATES: Bobby Bonilla's agent said that it was unlikely the outfielder would agree to a contract extension with Pittsburgh and probably will file for free agency after the World Series.

"We talked once, and it doesn't look like the Pirates and Bonilla will bridge the gap," Dennis Gilbert said.

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