The Texas Rangers got a Texas-sized helping of bad news yesterday. It was announced that Prince Fielder, the big offseason acquisition from Detroit, will miss the rest of the season. Fielder will undergo surgery to fix a herniated cervical disk.
Fielder was acquired by the Rangers during the offseason for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler is having a superb season for the Tigers so far, hitting .317 with four home runs, 20 RBI, and six stolen bases.
Prince Fielder was having a disappointing season so far for the Rangers, hitting just .247 with three home runs and 16 RBI.
As if that wasn’t enough bad news for the Rangers, they also received news that super-prospect Jurickson Profar has suffered a setback to his injured shoulder. Profar was originally scheduled to come off of the disabled list within the next couple of weeks. Profar re-injured his shoulder while on an extended Spring Training assignment in Arizona.
The Rangers will likely go with Mitch Moreland at first base for the remainder of the season. Moreland has nice power, but has always lacked a little in the average department. Still, he is worth picking up in moderate and deep leagues for the power potential alone.