Successful Back Surgery for Troy Percival

Percival is expected to be ready by opening day for the American League champions.

Tampa Bay Rays closer Troy Percival underwent back surgery this week and is expected to be ready by opening day for the American League champions. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins on Tuesday and was deemed successful. 3 stints on the disabled list limited Percival, 39, to just 50 games last season and kept the veteran right-hander off the Rays' postseason roster.