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.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.
Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.