Rangers put Fielder on DL for first time in careerFirst baseman slated to undergo season-ending neck surgery
The move by the Texas Rangers came a day after the team said Fielder would have cervical fusion surgery Tuesday for the herniated disk in his neck. General manager Jon Daniels said he expected a second opinion to confirm the initial recommendation for the operation.
It is the first time the durable first baseman has been on the DL in his career. Before a nerve root block injection to treat his neck last Saturday, Fielder's 547 consecutive games played was the longest active streak in the majors. Fielder, who turned 30 earlier this month, missed only one game the previous five seasons and hadn't missed a game since Sept. 14, 2010.
Infielder Donnie Murphy was recalled from an injury rehab assignment and activated for the game against the Tigers.
Murphy was placed on the disabled list May 8 with a neck strain. He was hurt when he tripped at first base trying to beat out a ground ball the previous day against Colorado. He played six games on an injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock, and Friday was the date he was eligible to return to the roster.
The Rangers have a majors-high 13 players on the disabled list. They have had 17 DL placements this season, also the most in the majors.
Fielder hit .247 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games in his first season with the Rangers. The only time he has played fewer games was 39 as a rookie in 2005 with Milwaukee.