Bad news for Rangers: Prince Fielder out for season, Profar suffers setback


The Texas Rangers got a Texas-sized helping of bad news yesterday.  It was announced that Prince Fielder, the big offseason acquisition from Detroit, will miss the rest of the season.  Fielder will undergo surgery to fix a herniated cervical disk.

May 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) runs to first against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Fielder was acquired by the Rangers during the offseason for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler.  Kinsler is having a superb season for the Tigers so far, hitting .317 with four home runs, 20 RBI, and six stolen bases.

Prince Fielder was having a disappointing season so far for the Rangers, hitting just .247 with three home runs and 16 RBI.

As if that wasn’t enough bad news for the Rangers, they also received news that super-prospect Jurickson Profar has suffered a setback to his injured shoulder.  Profar was originally scheduled to come off of the disabled list within the next couple of weeks.  Profar re-injured his shoulder while on an extended Spring Training assignment in Arizona.

The Rangers will likely go with Mitch Moreland at first base for the remainder of the season.  Moreland has nice power, but has always lacked a little in the average department.  Still, he is worth picking up in moderate and deep leagues for the power potential alone.

May 18, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco (47) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If you are not crazy about the idea of picking up Moreland, here are a couple of other players from the waiver wire that can help ease the loss of Fielder:


Juan Francisco, Blue Jays: You have seen his name a lot if you have been reading my columns.  That is because he is still not 100 percent owned.  Francisco is hitting .282 with eight homers and 18 RBI.  The Jays have even moved Brett Lawrie to second to make room for Francisco in the everyday lineup.  He will keep getting plenty of at-bats.


Adam Dunn, White Sox: Dunn has four homers and ten RBI on the season, but is hitting a respectable .246.  Meaning he won’t hurt your batting average while you’re waiting for his power to come around.  The bad news?  He seems to be in a straight platoon with Paul Konerko.


Chris Parmelee, Twins: The power is legit.  He has three homers in the last ten games, and has ten in 42 games between AAA Rochester and the Twins.  He may never hit for a stellar average, but let’s face it.  You didn’t own Prince Fielder to help your batting average.

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