Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder will undergo neck disc fusion surgery on Tuesday and miss the remainder of the season.
“He saw Dr. (Drew) Dossett the first thing this morning,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday. “He had another scan. Unfortunately, his symptoms had gotten worse. The recommendation at this point is (neck fusion) surgery. The typical recovery for that type of surgery is 3-4 months.”
Fielder had not taken part in any baseball activities after feeling weakness in his left arm while taking cuts in the indoor batting cages last week.
He missed his fourth straight game Wednesday since taking an injection to the area last week. This will be Fielder's first stint on the disabled list in his career.
GRIFFIN BELTS 5HR
Arizona Diamondbacks minor-leaguer Jon Griffin, after hitting four home runs the night before, picked up where he left off on Thursday to extend his streak of five straight homers.
The streak came to an end as Griffin grounded out in the sixth inning after walking in his second plate appearance during the Mobile BayBears' game against the Tennessee Smokies.
Griffin matched the Southern League record with four home runs in Mobile's 17-7 victory over the Smokies on Wednesday night.
The major league record is four straight at-bats with a home run, accomplished many times but last done by Carlos Gonzalez in 2012.
Griffin was 5-for-6 with seven RBIs on Wednesday. The 25-year-old first baseman hit solo homers in the fifth and sixth innings, added a three-run shot in the seventh, and had a two-run homer in the ninth. He also singled in the first.
The 6-foot-6 Griffin has 10 home runs in 41 games this season after hitting three in 61 games last season for Mobile.
The owners of the Chicago Cubs announced Thursday they have declared an end to negotiations with the rooftop association and are moving ahead with their $500 million planned renovation of 100-year-old Wrigley Field.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said he has decided to go back to his original renovation and expansion plan for Wrigley Field that could significantly affect rooftop sight lines -- a move that is expected to lead to legal action by the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association against the team.
In a video published early Thursday morning on the team's website, Ricketts told fans he needed to move forward. The video strongly connects the Cubs' lack of competitiveness in recent years with the inability to produce the revenue other teams achieve with advertising revenue such as outfield signage.
Ricketts said the Cubs would submit a revised expansion plan to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks that includes the team's original proposal to add several outfield signs and additional bleacher seats.
Ricketts sent a letter and video to Cubs fans late Wednesday, saying they are going to "put the team and the fans first."
"I'm not saying Wrigley Field is the reason the Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Championship in more than 100 years," Ricketts said. "But I am saying it's time to invest in Wrigley Field and to do the things our competitors do."
The new setup would compromise the 15 rooftop owners across the street, whose revenue-sharing agreement with the team runs through the end of 2023. They give 17 percent of their gross revenues to the Cubs for the right to sell seats that look into the park.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha by the Kansas City Royals. Moustakas was hitting .152 this season and the former No. 2 overall pick (2007) has a .236 career average. To replace Moustakas on the 25-man roster, the Royals recalled Jimmy Paredes, who has played in the outfield and second and third base in his career. He has a .234 average in 397 career plate appearances with the Houston Astros and Royals.