Fielder, acquired last November in a trade with the Detroit
Tigers for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler, will get a
second opinion before going ahead with the procedure, Rangers
General Manager Jon Daniels said on a conference call according
to a report on Major League Baseball's website.
The burly Fielder has missed the last five games because of the
problem, and has been complaining since last month of pain and
stiffness in the neck and recently of weakening in his left arm.
He was initially given oral medication, but that did not fix the
problem. Fielder had an injection last Friday that the Rangers
hoped would be the solution.
"It's a situation where there wasn't anything he could do about
it," manager Ron Washington told reporters in Detroit, where the
teams are playing while Fielder remained in Texas. "If he could,
he would be here."
Fielder, an iron man who missed just one game in the last five
MLB campaigns before this season, is batting .247 with three
home runs and 16 runs batted in and played in 42 games for the
Rangers (23-24) this season.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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