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Damaso Garcia undergoes brain surgery to remove tumor


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.

* 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.

* 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.

"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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