As expected, Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder underwent successful neck surgery on Tuesday and will likely be sidelined for the next three to four months.
Yahoo! Sports national baseball writer Tim Brown tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that the five-time All-Star is in recovery after undergoing an operation to repair a herniated disc in his neck that had been causing chronic pain and weakness through his left arm.
The Rangers owe Fielder $130 million through 2020. The five-time All-Star has hit .247 with three home runs in 42 games this season. Last year, he hit .279 with 25 home runs, his worst season since his rookie year in 2005 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
In Fielder's absence, 28-year-old Mitch Moreland has been manning first base and is batting .285 with two home runs, 21 RBI and a .764 OPS this year. On Monday, it was reported that the Rangers had reached out to the Washington Nationals about a potential trade for first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore.
The Rangers are currently 26-25 and sit third in the AL West.
.@RealPFielder28 had surgery for cervical fusion of C5-C6 discs in his neck. Surgery went as expected & will most likely miss rest of 2014.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 27, 2014
Source: Prince Fielder had successful surgery this morning on his neck. In recovery. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 27, 2014