Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Second operation on neck to force Rangers' Fielder out of baseball

Rangers slugger Prince Fielder will have to quit playing baseball after his second neck surgery.

Fielder isn't formally retiring, but doctors won't give the six-time All-Star medical clearance to play again. The Rangers said only that Fielder would hold media availability today.

Fielder, who is signed through 2020, had a cervical fusion on July 29 to repair a herniation between two discs in his neck. That was done just above the area where he had the same procedure in May 2014.

Fielder, 32, is batting .212 with a .292 on-base percentage and a .334 slugging percentage this season.

BOCHY OKAY: Giants manager Bruce Bochy was released from a Miami hospital after spending the night there with an undisclosed illness.

ANGELS: Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum accepted a demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake City.

CARDINALS: RHP Michael Wacha went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. The contract of RHP Alex Reyes, one of the team's top prospects, was purchased from Triple-A Memphis.

CUBS: INF Tommy La Stella has refused to report to Triple-A Iowa after being optioned to the minors nearly two weeks ago, and Chicago placed him on the temporary inactive list.

INDIANS: OF Michael Brantley saw a specialist for his right shoulder injury and has symptoms consistent with chronic biceps tendinitis.

MARLINS: RH closer A.J. Ramos went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right middle finger.

NATIONALS: Struggling RF Bryce Harper was out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a stiff neck.

ROCKIES: Manager Walt Weiss removed RHP Carlos Estevez from the closer's role and named RHP Adam Ottavino the new closer. Estevez blew his past two save opportunities.

TIGERS: OF Cameron Maybin will go on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

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