Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is “seriously considering” surgery to repair the herniated disk in his neck, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The procedure would be season-ending.
“I think he’s disappointed that he can’t be here not only for this series but for his team,” manager Ron Washington said before Thursday’s game against the Tigers, Fielder’s former team. “It’s a situation where there wasn’t anything he could do about it. If he could, he would be here.”
Fielder, 30, received a nerve-root injection last weekend, but Wilson writes that does not remove the chunk of disk that is pinching a nerve and causing weakness in Fielder’s left arm. Only surgery can fix that. He could either play through the weakness or have the surgery. No final decision has been made.
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