Fielder leaves game early

Fielder leaves game in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Adding to the team's run of bad luck, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder left Sunday's game at Dodger Stadium with tightness in his groin.

"It's not even a strain, it's just real tight," Brewers manager Ned Yost said after his club suffered a 10-2 loss and was swept by the Dodgers.

Fielder, the reigning National League Rookie of the Month, was 0-for-2 in the game, including a groundout leading off the top of the fourth inning. Milwaukee was retired in order by Dodgers starter Aaron Sele, and when the Brewers took the field for the bottom of the inning, Jeff Cirillo was manning first base.

Yost said Fielder first tweaked his groin in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Giants at Miller Park. But trainers were able to stretch it out before the series in Los Angeles, and Fielder went 4-for-9 in the first two games.

But on a groundout to Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal in the fourth inning on Sunday, Fielder apparently re-injured himself.

"He hit that ball and turned, and it got real tight on him again," Yost said.

The Brewers already had announced some bad news before the game, when ace right-hander Ben Sheets was scratched with tightness in the front part of his shoulder. Dave Bush started on short rest in Sheets' place and surrendered five runs, including a pair of homers, in the first three innings of what became the Brewers' fifth loss in six games.

Fielder is batting .333 this season, tops among Major League rookies, and he entered play Sunday tied for first among all National League hitters with 40 hits and 13 multihit games. He has started 31 of the Brewers' 32 games at first base.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.