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Chris Getz having surgery Thursday

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47618696.jpgCLEVELAND - Chris Getz was already saying his goodbyes before the rookie found out that the Tuesday game between Cleveland and his White Sox had been postponed because of weather.
Having to leave the team in order to have surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia was not the way the second baseman wanted his 2009 season to end, let alone to have that last day with his teammates day cut short because of bad weather, but there was one more light work session with hitting coach Greg Walker in the batting cages for Getz, and then off he goes.
The lower oblique strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list back on Aug. 21 had still been bothering him, so Getz saw a specialist and a sports hernia was discovered. The plan was first to address it at the end of the season, but that plan went out the window now that the rest of the Sox schedule is basically meaningless.
"That's why we're getting it done now,'' Getz said. "It's not like a serious surgery, I mean it's still surgery, but I think the recovery time will take about six weeks before you can start being fully active again. That's why it's better to get it done now so I can fully prepare for the start of the 2010 season.''
That also closed the book on an '09 campaign in which Getz showed signs of giving the Sox a stable force at second base for years to come.
Getz hit .261 with 49 runs scored, but even more impressive, proved to be a threat on the basepaths, stealing 25-of-27 bases for an American League best 92.6 percent. His numbers could have been better had it not been for his injury slowing him down since late August.
"We knew that this probably had to be taken care of,'' Getz said. "It was just a matter of whether or not it was going to be rest or surgery, so obviously the rest was ruled out.''
The plan is to get the surgery and then start rehabbing in mid-November. Getz also has a direction this winter, looking to add strength. Not that he will ever be a home run threat, but two homers in 375 at-bats is something he would like to improve on, as well as adding strength in order to drive the ball in general.
"No doubt I will be full-go by January,'' Getz said. "I normally go to Arizona early anyway, go there in January and work out at Athletes' Performance. I've done that the last few years.
"But getting this done earlier rather than later, I can kind of get a jumpstart on recovery and on getting ready for spring training because after assessing the season that's something I really want to make gains on - being stronger, no doubt.''
Getz was sidelined a few times this season, breaking a finger early on and then the oblique strain that was now diagnosed as a sports hernia, and while neither could have been guarded against, he wants to make sure that he is as physically and mentally ready as he can be for 2010.
"I had a few freak things happen - the broken finger, and I kind of look at this as a freak thing as well,'' Getz said. "I'm trying to take all of this as a positive because I know what it takes now. I don't want to say I know what it takes, but I know I have to improve in certain areas. That's always a positive.
"I wouldn't say I need to improve durability, but I have to improve my pure strength so that I could do the things I need to do to in order to improve as a pure hitter and fielder. The things you need to do in order to have success at this level.''
As far as the rainout, the Sox and Indians will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with Carlos Torres pitching in Game 1 and then Mark Buehrle in Game 2. Jake Peavy has been bumped to Friday, getting the start in Detroit against the Tigers.

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