Restless fielder sent back to Texas

Rangers slugger Prince Fielder has travelled back to Texas to participate in a sleep study after revealing that he has had trouble resting throughout spring training.

The star first baseman and designated hitter has not adjusted to his new surroundings at training camp and will be monitored on more familiar soil to try and identify his condition.

Fielder has played four games this spring and has had one hit in nine at-bats with two strikeouts, but will play no further part this week until he has been diagnosed.

“I think Prince had gone about his job where I had not noticed a whole lot, but obviously those type of things need to be communicated, which he did. We’ll get him checked out and get him right,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Texas assistant general manager Thad Levine also revealed that the 31-year-old – in his 11th year in the MLB – had been showing symptoms of sleep deprivation in the last few weeks.

Levine backed the decision to send him home now due to the fact that the problem has been identified early in the spring and have time to go ahead and get Fielder evaluated to “see if we can get him some help”.

Prince is expected to return at the weekend, while second baseman Rougned Odor is also out of the lineup with a sore right oblique muscle. He was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Athletics and is listed as day to day.