Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is not in the Rangers' lineup again today, and will meet with the Rangers' back specialist, Dr. Drew Dossett, tomorrow, rather than flying to Detroit with the rest of the team, according to the beat writers on Twitter.
The Rangers were hopeful that he would return to the lineup yesterday, after getting an injection to deal with the herniated disc in his neck, but after reporting that he still had weakness in his left arm, he was scratched from the lineup.
This development seems to make it more likely that Fielder will end up on the disabled list, although the Rangers are running out of position players that they can turn to. Donnie Murphy would be eligible to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow, and has been on a rehab assignment with AAA Round Rock (where he is 1 for 15), so I would guess that Murphy would get the nod if Fielder were to go on the d.l.
That would give the Rangers a bench of Murphy, Daniel Robertson, Luis Sardinas, and Chris Gimenez.
UPDATE: Some quotes from Ron Washington, who at least is trying to be upbeat:
Wash on Prince: "This is a precaution, he had some soreness the other day when he tried to swing, so we let him see our specialist."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) May 21, 2014
More Wash on Prince: "He came in this morning and was feeling much better, he'll meet with the doctor and see where to go from there."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) May 21, 2014