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09/05/08 7:43 PM ET
Kinsler opts for season-ending surgery
Mathis also lost for year; Rangers hold out hope for Murphy
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler and pitcher Doug Mathis are having surgery and are out for the season. The Rangers though are still holding out fading hope that David Murphy will be able to play again. Kinsler, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 18, has decided to have surgery to repair a hernia. The operation will take place next week in Dallas and the recovery time is four to six weeks. He will be ready for Spring Training. "If I want to fix this, I have to have surgery," Kinsler said. "It's something you can wait on and give time, trying to see if the body will respond. But if you don't have surgery, there's a chance that it will linger and stick around. We decided the best route is to have surgery, get it fixed and put it behind me." Mathis will have surgery on his right shoulder to remove an inflamed bursa sac. He has been sidelined for the past three months but is still expected to be ready for Spring Training. Murphy doesn't need surgery, but he is still sidelined with a strained ligament in his right knee and time is running out on the season. Murphy was able to take batting practice on the field for the first time on Tuesday but he is not able to run full-speed on the leg yet. "The doctor said no impact exercises and running is an impact exercise," Murphy said. Murphy has been out since Aug. 6, when he injured the knee sliding awkwardly into home plate and running into Yankees catcher Ivan Rodriguez. He is still hoping to play before the season ends, but admits it may be over for him. "I wouldn't be surprised, but I'm trying to picture the glass half-full," Murphy said. The Rangers are also hoping Murphy can play again but want to make sure he's 100 percent before he gets back out there. "I think for his state of mind, we'd like for him to get out there and finish off what has been an encouraging year," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "But he doesn't need to prove anything to us -- it's just to go into the offseason feeling confident in his knee."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.