Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers is expected to have neck surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.
Fielder has been out with a herniated disk in his neck, and surgery was recommended after a follow-up exam and another scan Thursday with Dr. Drew Dossett.
General manager Jon Daniels said the team would get second opinion about surgery, but were "expecting that to be confirmed."
Daniels said Dossett was tentatively scheduled to do a cervical fusion Tuesday. That operation has a typical recovery time of three to four months, and the GM said he anticipated Fielder being able to be fully recovered before spring training next year.
There was a collective moan from Rangers fans like Jordan Goslee as news broke about Fielder.
"Puts a damper on the season, that's for sure,” said Goslee.
Fielder's injury is maybe most disappointing to fans because of the hype and hope surrounding his signing with the club back in November in a huge trade with the Tigers for all-star Ian Kinsler.
The Rangers already have a majors-high 13 players on the disabled list. Fielder will become the 14th when that move is made Friday.
That's a lot, but enough to be a curse?
"It's more an affirmation that that's what's going on,” said Rangers fan Adrian Rodriguez. “It's really been devastating that they've had injury after injury and player after player and they're just working with whatever they have left.”
But can Ron Washington make it with whoever's left?
"You can only do so much with what you've been given, but he's a good manager and I think that, I think he'll pull ‘em through,” said Goslee.
Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games, then the longest active streak in the majors, before receiving a nerve root block injection Saturday to treat his neck. He had played all 162 games four of the past five seasons, and missed only one game in 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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