This week has gone from bad to worse for Prince Fielder. On Tuesday, I wrote about the end of his consecutive games streak, which was the 25th-longest in MLB history, but now he could be done for the rest of the 2014 season. Fielder, who was expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday, has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
He has played at least 157 games in each of his last eight seasons. The only year in which the former Milwaukee Brewer and Detroit Tiger did not accomplish that feat was his first year in the MLB (2005) when he was called up in mid-June. Therefore, this is the worse situation that the 30-year-old has endured during his professional career.
For that reason, the Tigers sure made out like bandits after they traded the hefty lefty for Ian Kinsler last November. Fielder, who is on pace for his worst career single-season OPS, is tentatively scheduled to undergo season-ending neck surgery on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, Fielder’s struggles have left the Rangers in fourth place in the American League West. Texas has suffered a rash of injuries this season, so the organization may need to consider a drastic change if there are still hopes for the 2014 playoffs.