Fielder Likely Out for 2014; Profar Return Delayed

The injury woes for the Texas Rangers are only getting worse.

On Thursday, the team said first baseman Prince Fielder, 30, is being recommended for surgery that would cause him to miss the rest of the 2014 season.

Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games being scratched last week due to neck stiffness that was later attributed to a herniated disk

He is scheduled for season-ending fusion surgery next Tuesday with Dr. Drew Dossett, but the team will seek one final opinion before going forward but expects Dossett's diagnosis to be confirmed, General Manager Jon Daniels said during a conference call Thursday.

Daniels added the team had given Fielder a nerve root block injection that might make it possible to delay the surgery until after the season, but it proved to not be a long-term solution.

To make matters worse, second baseman Jurickson Profar, 21, has reinjured a muscle tear in his throwing arm; Profar's rehab will require he spend another 12 weeks on the disabled list.

Daniels said Thursday that they will take a slow approach to getting Profar back on the field.

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