Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, general manager Jon Daniels confirmed Thursday.
Fielder, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the offseason in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler, will have a second opinion later this week, but the procedure is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday in Dallas.
The 2007 National League home run champion has not played since May 16 due to the injury. Fielder recently had an injection in his neck in an attempt to alleviate the pain, which proved unsuccessful.
Fielder had participated in 547 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors at the time, prior to sitting out last Saturday against Toronto.
The veteran slugger's first season in Texas ends with a .247 average and just three home runs and 16 RBI in 42 games. Fielder had knocked in 100 runs or more in six of the previous seven campaigns.