The struggling Texas Rangers sent two of their sluggers to the 15-day Disabled List on Wednesday. First was outfielder, Shin-Soo Choo who has inflammation in his lower back and is expected to miss 10-14 days after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection. The other player is Prince Fielder, who may miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck, the same injury he suffered in 2014. He will be examined on Friday in Dallas by Dr. Drew Dorsett to decide on surgery.
The major concern is Fielder, who is slashing a career low .212/292/.334 and is owed 96 million through the 2020 season. The 32 -year old California native could be in line to miss not only the rest of 2016 but part of 2017 as well. The Rangers have called up Hanser Alberto and Delino Deshields from Triple-A Round Rock, replace Choo and Fielder on the roster.
Update: Following neck surgery on July 29th, Prince Fielder will retire from baseball. According to Fox Sports, he is declared medically disabled, and will be able to collect the 100 million dollars that he is owed. Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News reports that insurance will cover nine million per year of his salary, while the Tigers will pay six million and the Rangers will pay the remaining 9 million per year.
Fielder officially ends his career at age 32, playing in 1,611 games over his 12 year career. He finishes with a slash line of .283/.382/.506 to go along with 319 homers, 1,028 RBI’s and 1,645 hits. Over his career, Prince was named to six all -star teams, won three silver slugger awards and the 2012 Home Run Derby.