Prince Fielder Injury: Updates on Rangers Star's Neck and Return

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Prince Fielder Injury: Updates on Rangers Star's Neck and Return
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Updates from Friday, July 11

Fielder talked about his rehab, according to ESPN.com:

Fielder said he is focused on healing after neck surgery and not worried about when he will play again for the Rangers.

"I'm motivated (to play), but I just want to heal first. I'm not trying to push anything," Fielder said. "That's what got me in this situation now. I'm trying to be a little smarter."

The first baseman said he is doing a little rehab, but nothing too serious or baseball-wise yet.

Fielder isn't expected to play again this season, but should be ready for spring training.

"Right now, not really worried about the baseball part," he said. "Worried about just actually letting it fuse and letting it heal. Baseball stuff, that'll be there, obviously. But I just want to heal first before I do anything. Once I get cleared to do something, I don't know how to do under 100 percent."

Updates from Tuesday, May 27

MLB's official Twitter account provides an update on Prince Fielder's surgery:

Updates from Friday, May 23

John Blake of the Texas Rangers reported bad, but not unexpected news on Fielder:

Updates from Thursday, May 22

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports Prince Fielder's season is over:

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram previously provided an update on Fielder's recovery from a neck injury and the potential for surgery:

Though Fielder received a nerve-root injection over the weekend, the shot doesn’t remove the chunk of disc from the nerve that is pinched and is causing weakness in Fielder’s left arm.

Only surgery can fix that. As of the opener of the four-game series, the Rangers are hoping that Fielder won’t become their 17th player to hit the disabled list this season.

"We flew out last night, I got here at 8 o’clock this morning, and I haven’t had any conversations with anyone yet," manager Ron Washington said. "He could still fly here.

"I think he’s disappointed that he can’t be here not only for this series but for his team. It’s a situation where there wasn’t anything he could do about it. If he could, he would be here."

Updates from Wednesday, May 21

Bob Dutton of The News Tribune provides Fielder's status for today's game:

Calvin Watkins of ESPN also had more from the team on how it will handle Fielder going forward:

Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners with a herniated disc in his neck and team officials announced he won't make the trip to Detroit for the weekend series. 

Fielder, instead, will get further examinations from Dr. Drew Dossett in Dallas and there is a chance he could eventually make the trip to play against his former team this weekend. 

"We just decided not to do it and give him another day," Rangers manager Ron Washington said before the announcement. "I've seen him and he's not going to take any swings. But he feels normal. He felt normal yesterday until he swung the bat."  

Updates from Tuesday, May 20

Prince Fielder's status for tonight's game has been updated, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Fielder is also batting fifth tonight vs. Seattle (via John Blake of the Rangers):

Yet after swinging the bat before the game, things changed, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Original Text

For the first time since 2010, Prince Fielder is going to miss a game. 

The hard-hitting first baseman has played in 162 contests the previous three regular seasons—and four of the last five—but a herniated disc in his neck will keep him out for at least the remainder of the Texas Rangers' weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the news: 

"It’s part of what we deal with every day," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, via The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant. "It’s been to the extreme this year, but it’s something every club has to deal with."

Fielder, who has played 547 consecutive games, has reportedly complained about a lack of strength in his left arm for the last two weeks, which would explain his slow start at the plate. 

Coming over from Detroit in the trade for Ian Kinsler this winter, the left-handed slugger is hitting just .247/.360/.360 with three home runs in 178 plate appearances. 

FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan noted a bizarre comparison between Fielder and noted speedster Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds

Mitch Moreland, who is hitting .286/.330/.407 and slugged 23 home runs last year, will likely spend most of the time at first base in Fielder's stead. Saturday's lineup, via Sportsnet's Barry Davis, has Moreland at first, Alex Rios at DH and Michael Choice stepping in at right field. 

While the Rangers clearly aren't short on hitters, they will be hoping a DL trip isn't necessary for Fielder as they attempt to keep pace in the suddenly crowded AL West. 

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