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Spring will last into Summer for Neal

Spring will last into Summer for Neal

For Thomas Neal, 2006 had been a dream come true. He had gambled on a decision to go to community college, and the result was an impressive deal from one of his favorite teams. But the season quickly came to an end with a shoulder surgery. Now, Neal will miss the first half the year in rehab, but he isn't letting it keep him down.

Spring is always a time for new beginnings.  But for Thomas Neal, the beginning of what he really wants, the games, won't come until deep into the summer. Neal is spending Spring Training watching games in the minor league camp from the bench, recovering from shoulder surgery.  But he stays positive.  "Things happen for a reason, and I really can't complain," he says, of the injury.  "I'm glad... Recommended Stories

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