Prince Fielder Facing Season-Ending Surgery

John Williamson/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  If the Texas Rangers are going to contend in the American League this season, they may have to do it without slugger Prince Fielder in the fold.

Fielder is expected to have season-ending fusion surgery next week to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

The 30-year-old Fielder visited with spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Thursday morning after his symptoms got progressively worse.  It was recommended that Fielder have surgery to take care of the problem. If he decides to have it, there's a three-to-four-month recovery period that would end the Ranger's 2014 season.

Fielder received a nerve-root injection over the weekend and took a few days to rest.  He was expected to return to the lineup at the beginning of the week, but he was scratched from Tuesday's game after he said he felt some weakness in his left arm while trying to hit in the batting cages.

Before the injection, Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors at the time. He was batting .247 with three homers and 16 RBIs before the injury.

The Rangers acquired Fielder in an offseason trade from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.


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