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Prince Fielder is considering season-ending surgery

May 22, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

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Welp, this is certainly not what the Rangers were hoping for. Prince Fielder, already sidelined by a herniated disk, is considering season-ending surgery:

Though Fielder received a nerve-root injection over the weekend, the shot doesn’t remove the chunk of disc from the nerve that is pinched and is causing weakness in Fielder’s left arm. Only surgery can fix that. As of the opener of the four-game series, the Rangers are hoping that Fielder won’t become their 17th player to hit the disabled list this season.

Fielder is back in Dallas visiting a spine specialist, going over his options. Meanwhile, the Rangers are squaring off in a four-game series against the Tigers in Detroit today and through the weekend.

And Ian Kinsler is hitting .317.

  1. nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    “And Ian Kinsler is hitting .317.”

    Jeez, Craig, as if mercilessly trolling Phillies fans isn’t enough, now you have to go and rile up Texas as well?

    • beefytrout - May 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      I’m not riled up by that at all. The Fielder injury sucks, but I’m glad Kinsler is gone.

      At this point, the whole damn team has been injured and the year was already lost. I’d rather the big guy get healthy for 2015, because that’s the next time the Rangers have a shot to do anything.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        If it is going to require surgery to fix, the sooner the better to help ensure that he’s ready for next year. It would be different if the injury was so debilitating.

    • rohlo - May 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      LMAO…. the demise of jon daniels begins!!!!!! guy is MLB’S version of former San Diego chargers gm AJ Smith…were happy aj was canned…now damiels who clashed with a true baseball person in nolan ryan is falling apart at the seams and it is bitter sweet for astros fans!! all those so called bandwagon rangers fans can go back into the shadows..some of those so called rangers fans were the same fans wearing astros gear in 2005 when my stros were in the world series.5 years ago you couldnt find a fan of the rangers fan and im not surprised since the rangers/senators were one of baseballs historically worst clubs in history never winning a playoff series!! all the while these so called rangers fans bashed and talked crap about the stros rigght now while they are rebuilding..where were the rangers fans while the astros were the only team making the playoffs,winning divisions,and winning playoff series??? it wont be long before the astros are back with the rebuild and the minor league system stocked with top level young talent and an owner who will start spending money this upcoming off-season and nolan ryan is back home where he belongs in houston!!! atleast he experienced the playoffs while playing for the astros cant say the same for the rangers…nolan felt bad for the rangers franchise as well i guess thats why he chose to wear a rangers hat to the hall…they had never done anything worthy of any recognition…i will enjoy watching the rangers fall back to mediocrity as daniels destroys the team…..prince”fatboy” fielder….lmao detroit fleeced the rangers and also got them to assume fielders inflated salary!!! nice job daniels!!!!

      • miketreedy - May 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Daniels, this is Karma giving you a Nolan Ryan sized beat down. We want Nolan back!!!!

    • rohlo - May 22, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      it has slowly been downhill since the rangers choked away the world series with one out to go…then they lose in one game wildcard in following yrs after series’s,then they lose division on last day of yr the next year, notice the trend???? now this year comepletely out of it right now!!! the rangers have been trending down for the last 3 years!!!! lol at people saying next year! fielder is a fatty and his health is only gonna get worse unless he losses weight!! darvish is the bright spot on the team,guy is lights out and daniels only positive thing he did!

      • beefytrout - May 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Kid, shouldn’t you be in school right now?

    • scatterbrian - May 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Wait, he’s not trolling sabermetricians?

  2. SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    That’s a biggie. They’re currently outperforming Pythag, but no way that can last. At least until Profar comes back (and shows he can hit) that lineup will officially be a creampuff if Fielder’s gone. Rios is the only other halfway threat.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Besides Beltre and Choo, that is. Hit “return” too soon.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - May 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Whoa, nice save! I was just about to reply “What did you just say!?”.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        I wish NBC had Disqus or something here where we could edit comments rather than having to post follow-up explainers.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        And, I’ve worked out what I see as the Rangers’ best reasonable trade. Beltre to the Giants:

    • boogerhill - May 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Biggie? Pun intended?

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Booger, no it wasn’t intended, tho I am a bad punster. Nice catch.

    • rohlo - May 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      beltre will get traded at the deadline is what insiders are saying!!!

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Well, assuming that all of Wash’s dumb-but-sometimes-lucky bunts and other things can’t save the team, it kind of makes sense to hit the “rebuild” button. That said, too bad this injury wasn’t a week earlier, or Middlebrooks a week later. Maybe Boston would have “bit.”

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Well, Profar is essentially down for the year now. It probably is time to trade. BUT … with Boston making its deal, you have to have a contending team, with something to trade back, and a few $$ to take on his contract. Toronto *might* have both, but would be kind of giving up on Lawrie. Ditto for Atlanta and Chris Johnson. The Giants certainly probably would move on from Panda, and have the money, but may not have the players to return. The Dodgers will keep riding the resurgent Uribe.

      • scatterbrian - May 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Beltre will go back to the Dodgers.

  3. nottinghamforest13 - May 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Obese, lazy, and injured. Typical.

    • beefytrout - May 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      He’s never been on the DL in his career, smart guy.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - May 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Lazy? The man that three days ago ended the longest consecutive game streak of any active players? The man who played 547 games in a row without sitting out even one? That guy? Oh, okay!

      • boogerhill - May 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        547 is a joke! Let’s start with about 1,500, then we can talk. Push away from the buffet while you are at it!

      • cohnjusack - May 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        547 is a joke! Let’s start with about 1,500

        # of players in history who played 1,500 consecutive games:2
        # of players in baseball who played in more consecutive games than Fielder: 24…

        Yep, what a joke. Of the thousands upon thousands of players who have played the game, only 24 have had longer consecutive game streaks than Fielder. Yet you apparently stand behind the statement that he is “lazy”.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        The “joke” is why Wash plays him instead of Moreland at 1B. Moreland’s not great defensively, but he’s better than Fielder.

    • rohlo - May 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      detroit traded him for a reason..they realized thye made a mistake when they signed him! they arent missing a beat without him either that says alot…rangers front office is garbage! daniles sucks!

  4. teamobijuan - May 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Well it’s 9-0 Rangers in the 4th.

  5. hcf95688 - May 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    He should probably get lap band surgery while he’s at it.

    • clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      fat jokes?


      • hcf95688 - May 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        you must be fat

      • clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        super comeback.

  6. boogerhill - May 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Gastric Bypass?!

    • clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      That is so funny. fat jokes always are.

      You must be a peach

      • scatterbrian - May 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Are they fat jokes? Obesity is a serious medical issue, and it’s not at all shocking that a man of his size is having back problems. Nor is it a stretch to claim that weight loss would help him stay healthy, not to mention help him live longer.

      • cohnjusack - May 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        it’s not at all shocking that a man of his size is having back problems

        These posts are funny, because they ignore the fact that over the course of his career, Prince Fielder has been probably been the least injured player in baseball.

      • scatterbrian - May 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Who are you quoting, because that quote is incorrect. He HAD BEEN probably been (sic) the least injured player in baseball. Now he’s not.

        Beyond that, in what world does not having an injury in the past guarantee future health? Prince’s consecutive games streak and injury-free career doesn’t guarantee future health. In fact, his age and body type suggest otherwise.

  7. serbingood - May 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Having had cervical surgery, twice, Fielder can be up and functioning within a day or two. If he gets a plate or bone graft put in, he will need about 6-8 weeks for the bone to start fusing. If there is no fusion, there is no reason he couldn’t be back just after All Star break.

    This type of surgery sounds far worse than it really is. It’s far easier on a body than low back repair.

  8. rcali - May 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    He may be fat but he was never going to be skinny. Not with those jeans. Would losing 50 pounds put less pressure on his back? Sure, couldn’t have hurt. The body can only handle so much for so long, especially in the world of sports.

    • bchsom16 - May 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      He could always get different size jeans.

  9. uyf1950 - May 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Wow you have to feel bad for Fielder and sorry for the Rangers with all their injuries. If they didn’t have bad luck they would have NO luck at all. However, in spite of that they are manhandling the Tigers today.

  10. pwshrugged - May 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Really amazed at some of the Fielder hate. The guy has been remarkably consistent in his career; he hits well (albeit declining presently), he plays adequate defense, and he plays every day. His consecutive game streak was no joke and it speaks not only to his drive, but also his athleticism. As far as I can tell, Prince is not “fat” in a stereotypical way – he’s certainly a large man, no doubt, but he looks like he’s cut from marble compared to his father. From what I’ve read and heard, Prince is a fairly healthy individual, actually.

    What a tough run for the guy, though. The Detroit thing didn’t work out, his divorce got publicized, he’s being hammered for not hitting, and now this. I feel like that big free agent contract was the worst thing he ever did; he seemed to be a much happier player when he was just doing his thing in Milwaukee, flying under the radar. It seems like ever since the spotlight shifted onto him, he’s wilted. Poor dude. I hope he makes a good decision about his neck and can return to form.

  11. bostonfrogs - May 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    First the Rangers very generously took Juan Gonzalez back when the ridiculous Tiger GM at the time offered him an enormous contract that would have set the franchise back 10-15 years. Then they graciously accept Prince Fielder’s 200 million dollar salary in exchange for one of the most solid players in all of baseball. If Detroit can’t go to the World Series, I’m rooting for Texas–friends like these are hard to come by.

  12. jerseydevi1 - May 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I hate being “That Guy” but I am the only one that the whole “welp” thing bothers? Am I having a “Get Off My Lawn” moment? Am I using too many ” “? Trying to kill the last half hour before a 5 day weekend is making me crazy.

    Back on topic, that sucks for the Rangers and Fielder. For a big guy he has been surprisingly durable. Hope he bounces back quickly.

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