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Surgery for Garciaparra

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra plans to have surgery on his injured groin tomorrow in Philadelphia and hopes to play again this season.

The procedure does not involve reattaching a ruptured tendon. It will involve cleaning up other tissue around the groin.

"It's going to be a minor procedure," said Garciaparra. "When you do something like this, it's not just the tendon, there's other tissues that often get damaged when you have something this extreme." The surgery will be performed by Dr. William C. Meyers.

Garciaparra said there's no timetable for his return.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll have some season left in me this year," he said. "I will be back by the end of the season. When that time is, two months, three months, I don't know."

Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal also wouldn't speculate on when Garciaparra might return.

"Rehab is different for everybody," O'Neal said. "They want to make sure the entire area is clean."

Garciaparra was hurt last Wednesday in St. Louis when he slipped running out of the batter's box.

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