Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced in a conference call with the media on Thursday that Prince Fielder will likely have a cervical fusion surgery on his neck. The surgery would cause him to miss the rest of the 2014 season.
Fielder was diagnosed last week with a cervical disk herniation between cervical disks C5 and C6.
Fielder's symptoms have gotten worse since his nerve-root injection Saturday. His strength seemed to be returning Monday, but things changed after that.
“He went through some early workout stuff, took some swings [on Tuesday] and felt the continuation of symptoms,” Daniels said.
He met with Dr. Drew Dossett for the fourth time Thursday.
“He saw a doctor first thing this morning, got another scan, and unfortunately, the symptoms have gotten worse,” Daniels said. “The recommendation at this point is for surgery which be a cervical fusion. The typical recovery for that type of surgery is three-to-four months.”
Fielder will get a second opinion, but he is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday. Daniels said Fielder wants to get it done right away.
"Prince wants to go ahead and have the surgery done," Daniels said. "He's frustrated with not being himself."
Daniels said he has heard the cervical fusion surgery has a high rate of success, and Fielder would likely be 100 percent next season. He said he knows of major leaguers who have undergone the surgery and returned.
Fielder was traded to Texas during the off season for second baseman Ian Kinsler and cash considerations. He appeared in 42 games this season with 3 home runs, 16 RBIs and batting only .247.
Profar shut down
Second baseman Jurickson Profar has a Grade 2 strain of his teres major muscle and the team has shut down his rehab process.
The Rangers are back to square one with the former top prospect in baseball, and can expect 8-12 more weeks of rehab for Profar's shoulder, Daniels said. There is no set timetable for his return.
Daniels said the team isn't sure how the reinjury happened. Profar said he felt it two nights ago, reporting that he rolled over on it wrong while sleeping. Profar visited Dr. Keith Meister, who diagnosed the muscle strain.
The club will go even slower with Profar's rehab the second time around, even though the first time was "as conservative as they've ever been," according to JD. Profar had not yet started throwing from distances longer than 90 feet.