The Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the disabled list last week due to more neck discomfort. On Friday, Fielder met with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed spinal fusion surgery on Fielder in 2014 for a herniated disk in his neck. Dossett has recommended another procedure, so Fielder will undergo season-ending surgery this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports. Fielder was having a rough season, batting .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 370 plate appearances. He played in only 42 games in 2014, but returned in 2015 looking more like his old self. Unfortunately, neck and back issues are notoriously difficult to fix. Hopefully, this upcoming procedure does the
One week out from the trade deadline, and a full one-third of the teams in Major League Baseball are playing at least at a .550 clip this year. The Chicago Cubs are making the first spirited push, acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees and offering 19-year-old Gleyber Torres, arguably their best prospect, in addition to two other players, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Chapman pitches only one inning at a time, and Chapman is a free agent come the end of the season, and Chapman’s history includes an ugly domestic incident, and still, the Cubs are willing to pay a price rival executives see as excessive.