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Question of the Day
Prince Fielder is expected to have neck surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.
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.
The Rangers already have a majors-high 13 players on the disabled list. Fielder will become the 14th when that move is made Friday.
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.
Before that, the durable first baseman that turned 30 earlier this month hadn’t missed a game since Sept. 14, 2010. The last time he had missed consecutive games was Aug. 24-25, 2007, while with Milwaukee.
Texas acquired Fielder last winter from Detroit in a trade for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder is signed through 2020, the rest of the nine-year deal he signed with the Tigers after going there as a free agent for the 2012 season.
After the injection, Fielder took a couple of days off before an exam Monday. Daniels said the slugger’s strength tested normal then and that his symptoms had largely gone away, so he was given clearance to resume baseball activity.
Fielder was initially listed in the lineup Tuesday night against Seattle, but was scratched more than three hours before the game after feeling weakness in his arm while taking swings in the batting cage. And he felt no better Wednesday.
“Talking to (Fielder) and seeing him, you knew this was something that was bothering him,” Daniels said. “We were hoping the injection could get him through the season, and sometimes you have that kind of response. The initial response was positive. But when he had the setback on Tuesday, we kind of felt this is where it was headed.”
“We’re looking forward to seeing this guy healthy and doing what he can do,” Daniels said. “It’s more of a 2015 thing. We’re going to miss him this year.”
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