Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder's herniated disc injury forced him to sit out the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17, ending his consecutive-games streak at 547.
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder's consecutive-games streak has ended at 547.
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This is because Fielder suffered an herniated disc injury which forced him to miss Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, per MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:
"Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder has been diagnosed with an herniated disc in his neck and will be sidelined for the next couple of days. He has received a nerve-blocking injection that the Rangers will hope will alleviate the problem and get him back in the lineup as early as Tuesday.
"General manager Jon Daniels said a herniated disc in the neck is not as serious as one in the lower back. Fielder is not expected to need the surgery if the injection addresses the problem, and he has not been put on the disabled list.
"Fielder indicated to the Rangers last month that he has been dealing with the issue for some time, possibly going back to last year with the Tigers. He was given an oral anti-inflammatory medication, but that didn't quite take care of the stiffness. The next step was the injection.
"'He takes a lot of pride in being there for his teammates,' Daniels said. 'We told him that he is not letting anybody down, we've just got to get this right.'
"Fielder has played in all 42 games for the Rangers, but was out of the line up on Saturday night -- with Mitch Moreland playing first base. That ended Fiedler's streak of 546 consecutive games played.
"He is hitting .247 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and a .360 slugging percentage. His career slugging percentage is .522, and the neck problem likely contributed to what was going on with him at the plate.
"'It's hard to say exactly, but it makes sense,' Daniels said. 'If you put two and two together, it stands to reason it affected him some. He said there was a lack of strength in his left arm that may have impacted his ability to hit for power.'"
According to ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth's Richard Durrett, Fielder told the Rangers about his predicament three or four weeks ago. He has since been playing through the neck injury.
Fielder decided to go with the injection after consulting spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett, Durrett adds.
Texas manager Ron Washington told The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant on May 17 the neck affected Fielder's play at first base, particularly his ability to scoop balls. Washington attributed this to Fielder's weak backside.
"The important thing is to get healthy so he can be Prince. I think we found out what was wrong. You need your backside. His backside was weak."
Grant then goes into further detail regarding Fielder's physical condition dating back to his trade for second baseman Ian Kinsler in November.
"When the Rangers traded Ian Kinsler for Fielder, they exchanged medical records, but saw no red flags on Fielder's condition and did no extensive physical. He had, after all, played in all but one game over the last five seasons.
"Daniels also said that since Fielder was 'asymptomatic' in conversations with doctors at the start of spring training, the club did not do an MRI or seek a set of cervical X-rays.
"The Rangers don't normally go so in-depth with spring training physicals, unless a player has a past medical issue or has a specific complaint.
"He did not receive a physical when he was traded to the Rangers and there was no mention of neck problems in his medical records, Daniels said.
"During spring training, physicals don't typically include MRIs or cervical X-rays, unless there is a previous problem noted or unless the player has a specific issue."
The 30-year-old Fielder is in his 10th MLB season and has amassed 1,389 hits, 288 home runs and 886 RBIs on a .285 batting average in 1,364 games for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and Rangers, per ESPN stats.
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