Rangers designated hitter and first baseman Prince Fielder will miss the rest of the season and undergo neck surgery, general manager Jon Daniels announced Monday.
Fielder has not played since July 18. He originally alerted the team about pain in his neck in June, undergoing an MRI before seeking a second opinion late last week.
Fielder will undergo surgery for a C4/C5 herniation in his neck. He underwent a similar operation to another part of his neck in 2014.
Acquired in a trade that sent away Ian Kinsler, Fielder has had health issues in two out of his three seasons with the Rangers. Those issues manifested at the plate for Fielder this season, as he was hitting only .212 with eight home runs before being pulled from the lineup.
Daniels said it is too early to determine if the surgery will have a long-term effect on Fielder’s career.
Fielder has four years and $96 million left on his contract.