Prince Fielder was penciled into the initial starting lineup released by the Rangers Tuesday as the designated hitter, but was scratched from his start after experiencing weakness in his left arm.
General Manager Jon Daniels said Fielder came to Globe Life Park feeling better three days after his nerve-root injection Saturday morning, but the medical staff decided against letting him start after he took swings off a tee.
“There was no pain, not the symptoms he had before the injection He did have some weakness in his left arm,” Daniels said. He labeled his level of concern "medium" regarding Fielder's setback.
Fielder said he didn’t feel pain in the arm, but some soreness. He said he simply has to wait out the injury.
“I’m not too concerned right now because there’s nothing I can do besides give it the extra day like they said,” Fielder said.
He plans on playing Wednesday.
Fielder was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett Monday and his strength was normal. He was given clearance to resume baseball activities. The medical staff decided to give his injection one more day to heal.
The Rangers travel to Detroit to take on Fielder’s former team, the Tigers, starting Thursday. Fielder said getting back in the lineup is most important, no matter who the opponent is.
“I don’t [care] about the Detroit series, I just want to get back,” he said.
Fielder said he has had soreness for a while, but said he was “unsure” when it began, dodging the notion that it began last season. He said his neck has been sore all season, and that he isn’t sure when the herniated disk occurred. He didn’t offer the injury as an excuse for his underwhelming power numbers this year.
Martin also scratched
Leonys Martin was also scratched from the starting lineup Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his neck. Manager Ron Washington said Martin woke up with the issue.
“He tried to get some treatment, it just didn’t work,” Washington said.
Martin walked into the clubhouse with a gauze wrap around his shoulder, with an ice pack treating his neck. In passing, he said that the pain was severe. That didn’t stop him from wanting to play Tuesday, Washington said.
“I think [Adrian] Beltre rubbed off on him,” Wash said. “He could barely move but he was fighting to get in the lineup.”
Martin’s status for Wednesday is uncertain. Treatment for both Fielder and Martin could have them available for the 1:05 first pitch, but both could see more time out of the lineup.
Experience over youth
Daniel Robertson was inserted into the lineup in center field and batting in the leadoff spot. Michael Choice will be Tuesday’s designated hitter and bat seventh.
Choice will DH because Shin-Soo Choo, the team’s regular left fielder, prefers not to DH too many games over a short period of time. Washington said he granted Choo’s wish because of his experience.
Choice got the nod at designated hitter because Robertson doesn’t have as much experience in that role. The UTA product has started at designated hitter twice this season, and pinch-hit in 10 others.