Fields to have season-ending hip procedure

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Ryan Young of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals infielder Josh Fields is about ready to undergo hip surgery that could sideline him for the remainder of the 2010 season.

The Royals picked up Fields this offseason when they traded third baseman Mark Teahen to the White Sox.  Fields was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day, however, and is likely to spend the next several months there.  His procedure will be performed in Colorado under the supervision of renowned hip specialist Marc Philippon, who has also worked with Alex Rodriguez in recent years.

Fields, 27, hit .222/.301/.347 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 239 at-bats last season.  If healthy, he would have served as a utility infielder this year in Kansas City.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.