ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers' All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a sports hernia.
"I really didn't have a decision," Kinsler said Friday. "If I want to fix this injury, then I have to have surgery."
Kinsler last played Aug. 17, and was put on the disabled list the next day after an MRI revealed the injury. Kinsler was hopeful of avoiding surgery and possibly playing again this season. But things weren't progressing like he hoped and the Rangers are out of the playoff chase.
"If I really had to play, if there was something on the line and I really needed to push my body, I could do it," Kinsler said. "But right now it's not helping anyone. It's not helping myself, it's not helping the club. I need to be ready for this offseason to get ready for next spring. That's basically what I'm looking at."
The surgery is scheduled for Thursday in Dallas.
While Kinsler's season is officially done, rookie outfielder David Murphy took batting practice on the field Friday and is hoping to return this year. Murphy has been out since spraining his right knee in a home plate collision on Aug. 7.
Rookie right-hander Doug Mathis, out since mid-June, will have a surgery on his right shoulder next week.
Kinsler, in his third major league season, was a first-time All-Star and hit .319 with 18 homers, 71 RBIs and 41 doubles in 121 games. The Rangers' leadoff hitter also had 26 steals.