Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder will undergo neck disc fusion surgery on Tuesday and miss the remainder of the season.
"He saw Dr. (Drew) Dossett the first thing this morning," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He had another scan. Unfortunately, his symptoms had gotten worse. The recommendation at this point is (neck fusion) surgery. The typical recovery for that type of surgery is 3-4 months.
"It's tentatively set for Tuesday. We'll get a second opinion as a matter of course. He would miss the rest of the season."
Fielder has a herniated disc in his neck. The nerve that is pinched is causing weakness in his left arm.
Fielder received a nerve-root injection over the weekend. As of the opener of the four-game series began in Detroit, the Rangers faced putting their 17th player on the disabled list this season.
Fielder missed his fourth straight game on Thursday since taking an injection to the area last week.
"I don't have any control over it. It'll be what it'll be," Fielder said Wednesday. "We'll just have to take the steps necessary. My arm is weak and I'm not feeling the way I should."
The injury, which ended a string of 547 consecutive games, also halted Fielder's return to Detroit, the town where he played two seasons before being acquired by Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler in the offseason. Fielder averaged 28 home runs and 107 RBIs in 2012 and 2013.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun