Brewers to play Fielder in interleague games
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Prince Fielder was brought up Monday by the Milwaukee Brewers, and the son of former major league star Cecil Fielder made his big league debut against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Fielder went 0-4 in the Brewers' 5-3 loss in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Prince Fielder, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Nashville, was Milwaukee's first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. He hit .253 with 15 homers and 47 RBI in 64 games with Nashville this season.
"Surprised and excited," Fielder said. "I'm just trying to come up here and help the team."
Fielder, 21, is to be with the Brewers as a designated hitter through six interleague games this week before returning to the minors.
"We're calling up a hitter," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "And we're looking for a little more firepower. It's a chance to give him a little taste of big league experience," Yost said. "We think he can handle it."
To make room for Fielder, Milwaukee sent catcher Julio Mosquera outright to Nashville.
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