Rangers' Fielder unhappy with benching, respects decision
Texas Rangers field coordinator Jayce Tingler, left, talks with Prince Fielder, right, at the top of the dugout in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Prince Fielder wasn't happy with being out of the lineup for a second straight day but said he respects Texas manager Jeff Banister's decision to bench the struggling slugger.
Fielder, who is hitting .187 and has just one homer in his past 39 games, was replaced at designated hitter by Jurickson Profar again Sunday against Seattle. Profar, the team's former top prospect, has a hit in all eight games since coming up from the minors and has a .378 average.
Profar filled in at second base during Rougned Odor's seven-game suspension for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista. Odor's return Saturday prompted Profar's move to DH.
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Fielder, who had neck surgery in 2014, said he was fine physically and the only thing that was hurt was ''my heart and my feelings.''