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Gonzalez might have surgery

August 16, 2003

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— Texas Rangers outfielder Juan Gonzalez has a pocket of fluid near his injured right calf muscle and might have surgery to speed his recovery.

Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since July 23 with the calf injury. An ultrasound Friday revealed the fluid.

Dr. Jamie Reed said after Texas' win over the Chicago White Sox Friday night that Gonzalez wants a couple of days to weigh his options before making a final decision.

Gonzalez had an MRI on the calf Tuesday, but needed additional diagnostic tests to determine the problem.

"The results of the MRI didn't show us anything," Texas head trainer Reed said. "The ultrasound revealed a little pocket of fluid. Juan wants to take some time before he makes a decision."

Reed added the team could schedule the procedure as early as Monday and surgery would help speed his recovery.

The two-time MVP has struggled with injuries since rejoining the Rangers before the 2002 season.

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