Prince Fielder will likely not return to baseball or the Texas Rangers after his second neck surgery.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal broke the news Tuesday on Twitter, citing sources. The team is expected to make an official announcement at a press conference Wednesday.
Last month Fielder underwent his second neck surgery in three years to repair a cervical fusion of two discs. Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels told the Associated Press that it seemed like Fielder was feeling discomfort for some time before an MRI acknowledged there was an issue.
It's expected that Fielder won't formally retire, but instead be declared medically disabled since he cannot get doctors to clear him to play.
The 32-year-old slugger will finish his career with 319 home runs, the exact same amount as his father, Cecil.
Under his current contract, he’s guaranteed $24 million annually through 2020.