The Texas Rangers Prince Fielder is expected to receive neck fusion surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The surgery will be accomplished to repair a herniated disc in the sluggers neck.
During a conference call, Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels informed the media that Fielder is in fact scheduled for the procedure on Tuesday May 27. They are seeking a final opinion to rule out any other possible scenarios that can return Fielder to health and benefit the Texas Rangers in 2014. However, the logical and prudent move, baring a miraculous turn of events, is surgery to secure the health of Fielder as well as the Rangers investment in the future.
The Rangers has acquired Fielder from the Detroit Tigers during the off-season in the hopes of improving a dynamic offense. It appears the clock will have to be reset in 2015 to see if the deal pays dividends. Until then it is clearly a point of frustration for Daniels and a point he is not keeping close to the chest.
“My reaction to the news unfortunately wasn’t surprise just because from talking to [Prince] and seeing him, we knew that this was serious. We were hoping the injection could keep him comfortable and get him through the season. Sometimes you have that response. His response was initially positive,” Daniels continued, “I’m looking forward to seeing this guy healthy and what he can do, but that’s more of a 2015 and beyond thing.”