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January 28, 2009

Benoit has shoulder surgery

Rangers reliever Joaquin Benoit underwent surgery Tuesday on his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff. Benoit, who missed part of last season with shoulder problems, isn't expected to be ready to pitch until the second half of the season at the earliest.

"Joaquin was affected most of last season, and it didn't allow him to perform to his abilities," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a written statement. "He attempted to rehab the injury this off-season.  He worked hard but the results weren't there.  From all accounts the surgery went well and he can begin the process of strengthening his shoulder now."

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