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Prince Fielder scratched from lineup again with herniated disk

May 20, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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UPDATE: So much for that. Fielder was just scratched from the lineup again.


Prince Fielder‘s consecutive games played streak ended up 547 over the weekend when he missed back-to-back games with a herniated disk in his neck, but the Rangers first baseman is back in the lineup tonight against the Mariners.

T.R. Sullivan of reports that Fielder “received a nerve-blocking injection to help the problem” and he’ll actually play designated hitter rather than first base in his first game back to lessen the risk of aggravating the injury.

Fielder has had a huge power drought in his first season in Texas, managing just three homers and a .360 slugging percentage through 42 games. He’s also hitting just .247 and despite more walks (25) than strikeouts (24) his .360 on-base percentage is well below his career norms.

  1. justinreds - May 20, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Back 2 days after a herniated disk? I did that and could barely make it to my office chair let alone play in an MLB game. These guys are a lot tougher than they get credit for.

    • Bryz - May 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      He also received a “nerve-blocking injection.”

  2. spursareold - May 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    I don’t think it was PF’s disk that led to his power outage. He’s pretty much been in one for two+ years.

    • pwshrugged - May 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      It’s more striking in Texas. Comerica Park in Detroit is well-known as a pitcher’s ballpark and really wasn’t kind to Prince. Rangers Ballpark is basically a left-handed hitting paradise, so for him to be even worse there so far than he was in Detroit… well, it either speaks to an injury, or a more serious depreciation of his skills than people had initially thought.

      • clydeserra - May 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        When the A’s were in TX, the announcers spoke about the Rangers opening up the concourse behind home plate which allows the wind that comes over left field to filter out instead of turning around and jetting to right, which could make right field harder to hit home runs.

        Not saying that is the reason for princes power outage, but we’ll have to wait and see if TBIA is still a lefty paradise in 2014.

  3. nflfollower - May 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    When will other GMs just stop dealing with dave dombrowski?

  4. kid dynamite - May 21, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    kinsler – .316 4 hr 20 rbi 5 sb………thanks texas

  5. ray0414 - May 22, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    tigers fan here:

    we couldnt get prince outta here fast enough. have no idea what happened to him. the fact that comerica park was big wasnt the reason for his down numbers, because he just couldnt seem to get the ball outta the infield. just ground ball after ground ball. we expected POWER, and im not even sure what we got. but i will say this… a guy hits 50HR at the age of 23, is teammates with known PED user ryan braun, and by the age of 30 is 5 years past his best years…get my drift?

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