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DETROIT -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is among those surprised to see Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder go down for the season with a herniated disc in his neck. Roenicke was Fielder's last manager in Milwaukee and saw the beginning of his streak of 564 consecutive games played that came to an end with the neck injury.

Fielder had never been on the disabled list in his career until being placed there on Friday. Fielder is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday and be out the rest of the season.

"I never even thought about him not being in the lineup, which is so different," Roenicke told reporters. "As a manager you're always thinking, 'OK, this guy's played 15 in a row I probably need to give him a day off.' I never had to think about that with Prince. I did ask Prince a couple of times during the season and his response was, 'there was just no question he was going to be out there,' so it made it real nice to have a player or fortunate to have two or three like that."

"You don't always start your lineup with one. There's a lot of times you know what you've got and you work both ways. He was a guy you put in four-[hole] and when [Ryan Braun is] here you put him in three and now you just figure it out from there."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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