Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder said Friday that his surgically repaired neck is completely pain-free, according to Fox Sports. Fielder had season-ending surgery in May, which ended his consecutive games-played streak at 547 games.
“It was real difficult because I wasn’t used to missing games,” Fielder said. “So to miss a lot of the season, it was difficult at first but I had to be an adult about it and kind of try to just get back healthy to be ready this year.”
Fielder hit three home runs in 42 games last season, his first season with fewer than 25 since he hit two in 39 games as a 21-year-old rookie back in 2005.
“I’m just going to try and be healthy,” he said. “That’s my main goal because I know I always said that before, but being this was the first time I wasn’t healthy really means a lot to me now to try and stay healthy. That’s just my goal to stay healthy and make sure I’m doing everything I can to be ready to play.”