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Guerra scheduled to undergo rib procedure

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Deolis Guerra, who was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right shoulder last week, was transferred to Tampa General Hospital in preparation for a first rib resection surgery, the Twins announced on Wednesday.

The surgery date is yet to be determined, but the removal of his first rib is expected to give the artery more room.

"He's in Tampa and will have surgery on that rib in the next couple of days," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "This is something a lot of people have had. We've had four guys have this in the past. A blood clot is certainly a serious situation, but they'll remove that first rib and he'll be back in time."

Guerra, who is expected to be out about three months, initially felt numbness in his shoulder while in Puerto Rico, as he was set to pitch for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. But he left the tournament early to get checked out by Twins doctors in Florida. He last pitched in an exhibition game for Venezuela against the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday -- giving up two runs on three hits in one inning.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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