It’s become an annual rite of spring for the Brewers: Prince Fielder’s power drought.
The perennially April-challenged slugger is once again deep into the month and still looking for his first home run. Fielder was homerless in 49 regular season at-bats entering Wednesday’s game against the Pirates and quickly approaching the longest drought of his career. In 2008, coming off a 50-homer season, Fielder did not hit his first until his 54th at-bat.
“I’ve seen him much worse,” Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. “The problem is that he’s just ticked off now.”
Now Fielder may also be hurting. His left hand was under a thick wrap on Wednesday afternoon and Fielder did not take batting practice, though he was in the lineup as usual against the Pirates. Fielder declined to discuss the cause of his “injury.”
“It’s fine,” Fielder said before heading back to the clubhouse.