Prince Fielder has reportedly been battling a neck issue the past few weeks. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was scratched from Texas' lineup for Tuesday's game against the visiting Mariners, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.
After playing 547 straight games, Tuesday's game will be the third in a row Fielder has missed due to a lingering neck issue and arm weakness after he was given a nerve-root injection Saturday morning, according to Durrett.
Fielder complained of weakness in the arm as he took swings before Tuesday's game, though team officials said he is not in pain.
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Writes Durrett: "General manager Jon Daniels said over the weekend that Fielder mentioned [the neck injury] to the club about three weeks ago and was trying to play through it. But it was something that the team believes goes back to last year."
Fielder's status for Wednesday has not been determined, according to Durrett.
The 30-year-old five-time All-Star was initially the designated hitter in Tuesday's lineup. He is hitting a career-low .247 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 42 games this season. In 10 big league seasons — seven with the Brewers, two with the Tigers and one with the Rangers — Fielder is a .285 hitter with a .910 OPS, 288 homers and 886 RBIs.
The Rangers (21-23) are in fourth place in the AL West, seven games behind the A's.
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