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Royals' Giavotella undergoes hip surgery

Royals' Giavotella undergoes hip surgery

Royals' Giavotella undergoes hip surgery
KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery on Thursday but is expected to be ready for Spring Training, the Royals announced on Friday.

The arthroscopic surgery to correct a labral tear in Giavotella's right hip was performed by specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo. Recovery time is estimated to be 10-12 weeks. Spring drills will begin in February at Surprise, Ariz.

The Royals' Alex Gordon underwent similar surgery on April 17, 2009 -- after the season began -- and missed 79 games.

Giavotella became the Royals' regular second baseman after being called up on Aug. 5 from Triple-A Omaha. He hit .338 in 100 games for the Storm Chasers.

Giavotella showed no signs of an injury late in the season, playing through the final game. In the penultimate game at Minnesota, he belted two doubles and a triple. In 46 games for Kansas City, he batted .247 with 15 extra-base hits and 21 RBIs.

The Royals also have Chris Getz at second base. Getz started 97 at the position and batted .255.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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