Prince Fielder was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck, an ailment he said bothered him in 2013 when he was with the Tigers. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
Detroit — For this year at least, the Tigers won the Prince Fielder trade.
The Rangers announced after Thursday’s game against the Tigers that Fielder, the slugging first baseman, will undergo neck surgery and miss the rest of the season.
Fielder, 30, stayed back in Arlington, Texas, to undergo tests and ponder whether to have surgery.
He was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck, an ailment that he said bothered him in 2013 when he was with the Tigers. That ended his streak of 547 consecutive games played Saturday.
“His symptoms have gotten worse,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, describing Fielder as frustrated for not feeling like himself and being able to help the team.
It’s been a trying debut in Texas for Fielder, who batted .247 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in in 42 games for the Rangers.
Ian Kinsler, the All-Star second baseman traded to the Tigers in exchange for Fielder, has been much better in his new uniform, batting .317 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.
Neither Fielder nor Kinsler underwent physicals before the November blockbuster was finalized. Kinsler was vacationing in Hawaii at the time.
Fielder’s injury will put him on the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career.
He’s in the third year of a nine-year, $214 million contract — which mostly is the Rangers’ responsibility. The Tigers are paying $30 million on the back end of the deal.
Associated Press contributed