According to Jon Daniels, Prince Fielder will undergo cervical fusion surgery on Tuesday, and will be out 3-4 months.
Given that timeline, Fielder would likely only return this season if the Rangers make a deep run into the postseason. As far as worst-case scenarios go, this just adds to the absence of Martin Perez, Matt Harrison for the remainder of the season, and the left-handed power bat the Rangers hoped they were getting will likely have to wait until 2015 to contribute.
To add insult to injury, Jurickson Profar experienced a setback in his rehab and reinjured his shoulder. Accordingly he has been shut down for the time being. The Rangers are saying there is no surgery required, but we're beginning to reach the point at which it seems as if that may actually be the most prudent course of action. According to Daniels, the rehab timeline on Profar -- initially 8-12 weeks -- will start over, but he's not willing to place a timeline on it. In other words, it's very likely that his season is over as well.
Daniels said that Profar believes he tweaked his shoulder rolling over in bed, which would ironically fit right in with the way in which many injuries this season have been attributed to bat mattresses and pillows.
It would seem that the Rangers are due for a visit to Mattress Giant and Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
There's still a lot of season to go, but I'm already ready for it to be over. I'm tired of seeing players get hurt. I'll follow up with more as we get more information.