Dr. Robert Watkins Jr. Performs Neck Surgery on Casey Blake

Blake will remain in the hospital overnight and in a neck brace for a few weeks. He will not return this season.

Casey Blake had neck surgery performed Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins Jr.  to relieve pressure on a nerve that was causing him discomfort. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that a nerve was getting pinched, causing Blake much discomfort recently.

Blake had a rough 2011, landing on the disabled list 3 different times for 3 different problems (cervical strain, left elbow infection, back), and never actually went on the disabled list for this most recent problem. His last game was on Aug. 31 versus the Padres.