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Prince Fielder scheduled to undergo neck surgery, expected to miss rest of season

May 22, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this afternoon that Prince Fielder could be headed for season-ending neck surgery. The worst-case scenario has been realized.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels just confirmed that Fielder is tentatively scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to fuse the C-5 and C-6 disks in his neck. He’ll receive a second opinion later this week, but all indications are that he’ll have the surgery. The normal timeline for recovery is about 3-4 months, which essentially ends his season.

Today’s news is another brutal blow for the Rangers, who can’t seem to catch a break on the injury front. They currently have 13 players on the disabled list, including Derek Holland, Martin Perez, Matt Harrison, Tanner Scheppers, and Jurickson Profar.

Big things were expected from Fielder after he came over from the Tigers in the Ian Kinsler deal over the winter, but he was batting just .247/.360/.360 with three home runs and 16 RBI over 42 games prior to being shut down on Saturday. Long regarded for his durability, his consecutive games played streak was snapped at 547 games. The 30-year-old is still owed approximately $156 million through 2020, though the Tigers are covering $30 million of the total from 2016-2020. Still, that contract is starting to look pretty brutal.

  1. jfk69 - May 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Insurance policy looking good now.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Per Short’s next post, there is no insurance policy, as far as players available:

  2. Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Say, DJ, do you still happen to have that old schedule for the Hindenburg laying around anywhere? I wanted to double check what time it’s due in at Lakehurst.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      No way does Fielder even get off the ground.

  3. renaado - May 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Hope he’ll find his fomer “Milwaukee Prince” self next season.

  4. gothapotamus90210 - May 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Goodnight, Sweet Prince.

  5. pinkfloydprism - May 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Looks like his body-type is catching up to him.

  6. giantboy99 - May 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Too big

  7. weaselpuppy - May 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM



    I like how that rolls off the tongue….

    • weaselpuppy - May 22, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      edit function for dyslexic typists

    • 18thstreet - May 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      I think it was the Tigers’ owner who is to blame for the contract, not the GM.

      • weaselpuppy - May 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Yes, it is widely rumored that Mr I was the driver behind getting Prince at all costs. DD is a Super Genius for 1) not getting between a great owner’s passion for winning and his huge pile of pizza dough (heh) and 2) Finding some huckleberry to take that contract at what may have been his only and last opportunity to dump it.

        That Kinsler looks rejuvenated in the D instead of dying in the 110 degeree heat all summer is just pepperoni on the four cheese pie….

  8. shadowcell - May 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    And God looked upon the Texas Rangers, and He saw that they were good. And He said, “Oh hell no,” and He smote half the roster before June, so that they were no longer good. And He looked upon His work and He was pleased, for He had decided that this season He would hate the Rangers most of all.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      I’ve worked out the best reasonably trade possibility for the Rangers this year. Beltre to …

    • hoopmatch - May 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Funniest thing I’ve seen today, Shadowcell. I’d give you a thumbs up if I could.

    • chiadam - May 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM


    • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Someday, the Deity is going to kick the habit and give up smoting for good.

      • stex52 - May 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Allan Sherman reference, OG? C’mon, the kids will never get that. Firesign Theatre is hard enough.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Finally, someone who knows Texas is NOT God’s country.

  9. echech88 - May 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    That is the sound of a window closing.

    Daniels by all means is a sharp guy but WOW do the Andrus extension, Garza trade and Fielder acquisition look like blunders.

  10. jwbiii - May 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Cecil’s MLB career lasted 5,939 PAs. Prince is at 5,790.

    • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      I’m crossin my fingers he won’t have that similar PA’s with his dad , especially at just 30 yrs of age.

  11. xpensivewinos - May 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Kendrys Morales is waiting by the phone……

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Cant imagine they can afford to wait till after the FYPD either

    • SocraticGadfly - May 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      He’s not going to the Rangers.

  12. dtownbeatdown - May 22, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    So far the Rangers are getting fleeced in that trade. Dombroski looking like a genius again.

    Fielder has a wicked swing, he is overweight, but I give him props for playing so many games in a row. This was bound to happen eventually. Unfortunately for the Rangers it came under his time there.

  13. corky2141 - May 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    As a phillies fan I can’t help but think Howard’s deal ended up being a lot better than some of these other monster contracts to first basemen. His contract is up soon enough while all these other guys still have 4 plus seasons left on them

    • fbwangus8736 - May 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Howards Deal is 24 million this year. 25 next year, 25 in 2016 and a 23 million or 10 million buy out in 2017. For what He has done during His deal His contract is awful! Thats at least 60 million owed to Him the next 3 years! He is hitting .240 with with a OPS under .325 and is considered the worst fielding first baseman in all of baseball.

      • teamobijuan - May 23, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Only Jesus gets the capital H in this country, sir.

  14. chiadam - May 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    ALL of these types of contracts look brutal, but teams keep handing them out.A

  15. pappageorgio - May 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    His father started to break down about the same age……IIRC it was back issues as well.

  16. baberuthslegs - May 23, 2014 at 5:26 AM

    Am I correct in remembering that there was no physical involved in the trade from Detroit to Texas? How is that even contemplated? Drom’s genius includes getting another team to take an albatross without checking his health.

    • lmoneyfresh - May 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Kinsler didn’t get a physical either and he had a storied injury history. Plus, even if they did a physical they don’t do MRI’s on the neck area so it wouldn’t have mattered.

  17. bmadormo - May 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Deal with fielder is a real problem. Has not stayed in shape and things are catching up. Long term problem!!’nnn

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