Rangers Slugger Out for Year, Season Ending Surgery
Just when it seemed the Rangers couldn’t possibly suffer worse injury luck this year, they received their most damaging news to date. Prince Fielder will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.
The surgery, slated for Tuesday, will cost him the rest of the season.
Fielder was involved in one of the biggest trades in recent memory when the Rangers shipped second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit to acquire the slugging first baseman. The plan had Jurickson Profar sliding into Kinsler’s second base position, and Fielder slotting in the middle of what looked like the American League’s best lineup. It was a financial risk, to be sure, but one the Rangers were happy to take.
Fielder never looked comfortable this season, and slogged his way to a .247/.360/.360 slash line with three homers in 42 games. In a cruel twist of fate, Fielder had been one of the most durable players in the league before this year. He had never been on the disabled list, and had played in 547 consecutive games before missing last Saturday’s game because of his neck. He had a nerve root injection over the weekend and felt better for a short time, but the pain came back almost immediately upon swinging a bat.
Including this year, the Rangers owe Fielder $138 million through 2020.