Neck surgery to force end of Fielder's career

Slugger hit 319 homers -- same as father Cecil -- in 12-year career

August 9th, 2016

A second neck surgery in two years will force the end of 's playing career, sources told on Tuesday.

The Rangers will hold a news conference on Wednesday afternoon at 5 ET/4 CT at Globe Life Park to announce that the slugger's 12-year big league career is finished. The Rangers have not commented on or confirmed the news. The news conference will be streamed live on and

Fielder, 32, had surgery for a C4/C5 herniation in his neck on July 29, ending his season. He also underwent a similar procedure in 2014. He is not retiring; he is medically disabled and doctors will not clear him to play, sources told MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal.

The six-time All-Star is a career .283/.382/.506 hitter with 319 home runs and 1,028 RBIs with the Brewers, Tigers and Rangers. His father, Cecil Fielder, who played from 1985-88 and 1990-98, also hit 319 big league homers.

He is owed $20 million annually through 2020. It is not known if Texas has insurance on Fielder's contract, according to Rosenthal's reporting.