Rangers DH Prince Fielder, who has been out since July 18 with neck troubles, will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the 2016 MLB season. Rangers GM Jon Daniels confirmed the prognosis to the Dallas Morning News this evening after Levi Weaver reported it earlier.
Fielder’s slash line this season is .212/.292/.334, all of which represent career lows. This is the second time Fielder has had neck surgery since 2014. Fielder has four years left on his contract, but since he is 32 years old and chronic neck injuries are not liable to get much better, it’s at least worth wondering how much he has left to offer the Rangers. Daniels would not speak about his long term viability, but did express concern:
“I really don’t want to speculate on that. Back surgery is a very real deal. Neck surgery, but spinal surgery is a very real deal. He rehabbed once from it and came back. I think with each additional surgery in that area it increases the risk involved and just the overall his ability to get back.”