Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161.
Along with Kemp four other players (Dan Uggla, Ichiro Suzuki, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera) played 161 games this year.
Fielder also played every game in 2009 and missed just one game last season despite coming down with a nasty flu in September. And since becoming an everyday player in 2006 as a 22-year-old rookie Fielder has played 959 of a possible 972 games for the Brewers, which is the most in all of baseball during that six-season span. Kemp, meanwhile, has the longest active streak of consecutive games played.
He may not look like the epitome of health, but when it comes to being in the lineup every day Fielder has been MLB’s iron man.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.