In a move that is more about paperwork than anything else, the Texas Rangers have officially released Prince Fielder.
Fielder’s career ended in August 2016 due to a chronic neck injury. Before it ended he played for 12 seasons, batting .283/.382/.506 with 319 home runs and 1,028 RBI in 1,611 games for the Brewers, Tigers and Rangers. The 33-year-old is still owed $72 million, with the Tigers covering $18 million of it.
Presumably the move is roster or insurance related. Either way, Fielder seems to be living a pretty happy life in retirement.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.