Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is facing the prospect of season-ending surgery after an MRI revealed a herniation of disks in his neck just above an area that was repaired two years ago.
Fielder and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo were placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the AL West leaders.
Choo got an injection to help reliever lower-back discomfort.
General manager Jon Daniels said Fielder this week reported having similar symptoms to what he had before the surgery in 2014 that forced him to miss most of his first season with the Rangers. Fielder was feeling weakness and discomfort in his neck and left arm.
Dr. Robert Watkins, who examined both players in Los Angeles, recommended surgery for Fielder.
Daniels said Fielder will return to Texas and get a further evaluation Friday from Dr. Drew Dossett, a specialist who did Fielder's previous neck surgery.
Infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields were recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.