Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years, and his career could be jeopardy as well.
Fielder got a second opinion Monday, and General Manager Jon Daniels said Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery. That was the same as Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles said last week after an MRI showed a herniation between Fielder’s C4 and C5 disks.
While Daniels didn’t want to speculate on the long-term future for Fielder, 32, the GM did acknowledge the seriousness of having a second surgery in close proximity to the first.
Dossett, a specialist in Texas who works with the Rangers, performed Fielder’s surgery in May 2014 when he had a cervical fusion of two disks just below the area that is bothering the slugger now.
Fielder has hit a career-low .212 with 8 home runs and 44 RBI in 89 games this season. He had recently been feeling weakness and discomfort in his neck and left arm.