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Texas Rangers' Prince Fielder expected to have neck surgery

Texas Rangers' Prince Fielder expected to have neck surgery
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery next week. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is expected to have neck surgery next week and sit out the rest of the season.

Fielder has been out because of a herniated disk in his neck, and surgery was recommended after a follow-up exam and another scan Thursday with Dr. Drew Dossett.

General Manager Jon Daniels said the team would get a second opinion about surgery but was “expecting that to be confirmed.”

Daniels said Dossett was tentatively scheduled to do a cervical fusion Tuesday. That operation has a typical recovery time of three to four months, and the GM said he anticipated Fielder's being fully recovered before spring training next year.

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