Royals' Fields will have season-ending hip surgery

Royals manager Trey Hillman announced today that infielder Josh Fields is set to have hip surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Fields, who was acquired along with second baseman Chris Getz from the Chicago White Sox in the trade for Mark Teahen, was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the start of the season with a right hip flexor strain.

“We’ve done extensive studying,” Hillman said. “He was and is continuing to progress, and his hip was getting better. But with enhanced studies and the opinion of (physician Marc Philippon) in Vail, Colorado, he’s elected to go ahead and get the surgery done now rather than later.

“He’ll effectively be out for the season.”

Hillman described the procedure as “right labral hip surgery.” Philippon also performed Alex Gordon’s hip surgery last season.

“It’s always disappointing when a guy has an impact injury,” Hillman said. “You feel for him. He’s a hard worker. He’s a tough guy.”

Fields hit .229 with 31 home runs over parts of four seasons with the White Sox, including a 23-homer season in 2007.

“He was a guy that was fighting to try to make this team, to be in a situation after Alex (Gordon) breaks his thumb and (Alberto) Callaspo (has the rib cage tightness) right before the end of spring training, he’d like to have been in a position to be able to step in and play third base. His body just wouldn’t let him do it.”