Prince Fielder expected to have season-ending neck surgery
Seattle Times news services
Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers is expected to have neck surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.
Fielder has been out with 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 were “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 being able to be fully recovered before spring training next year.
Fielder received a nerve-root injection Saturday morning and took a few days off. He passed a strength test Monday night and was penciled into Tuesday’s lineup. But he was scratched after he said he felt some weakness in his left arm while trying to hit in the batting cages.
“I wasn’t surprised, just because after talking to him and seeing him, you know this was something that was bothering him,” Daniels said. “We were hoping the injection could get him through the season. His initial response was positive. But the symptoms came back.”
Dodgers release Olivo after fight
Miguel Olivo was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, two days after biting off a piece of Class AAA Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero’s left ear during a dugout brawl.
Olivo, a veteran catcher, and Guerrero, the highly paid Cuban second base prospect, fought during the Isotopes game at Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Dodgers suspended Olivo on Wednesday while they conducted an investigation.
“It’s unimaginable, inconceivable and unforgiveable,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said at Citi Field before the Dodgers played the New York Mets. “It’s not a question of fault. The action of removing a part of someone’s ear is unforgiveable. Fault is not an issue here.”
The 27-year-old Guerrero had reconstructive surgery on his ear and there is no timetable for his return, Kasten said. The Dodgers executive said he was told Olivo bit off a significant chunk from the top of Guerrero’s ear.
• The Kansas City Royals sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to Class AAA Omaha in the latest attempt to break one of their franchise cornerstones out of his prolonged slump. Utility man Jimmy Paredes was recalled from Omaha in a corresponding move.
Moustakas had slowly lost playing time to Danny Valencia. The former No. 2 overall pick heads to Omaha toting a .152 average with four homers and 17 runs batted in in 40 games.
• Ryan Braun left Milwaukee’s’ game against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning with tightness in his right side. The Brewers slugger grounded out in his first two at-bats. He was replaced in the fifth by pinch-hitter Elian Herrera, who stayed in the game in right field.
• White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is optimistic rookie slugger Jose Abreu will be ready to return from his ankle injury when he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. The major-league leader with 15 home runs, he received treatment Thursday and remains in a walking boot.