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No rest for slumping Fielder

With left fielder Ryan Braun out of the starting lineup in a predetermined day of rest, manager Ron Roenicke wasn't about to bench first baseman Prince Fielder as well.

Roenicke admitted it was "hard" to sit Braun against San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain, against whom he had a .400 career average (6-for-15). But Fielder also was in his worst slump of the season, which extended to 5-for-27 (.185) after he went 1-for-16 in the four games in Arizona.

Having both Braun and Fielder out of the lineup would not have been good for a lineup already shut out three times in the first eight games of this 11-game trip. Roenicke said he didn't even check in with Fielder to see how he was doing.

"Sometimes, when you have that talk, they really feel like something's wrong," said Roenicke. "You try to figure out whether it's helpful or gets him thinking more. I didn't think today was a good time."

Roenicke has insisted that Fielder does not look tired but said he had thought about resting him Sunday against left-hander Madison Bumgarner if he continues to look bad. With a scheduled day off Monday, that would give Fielder two days to relax.

"Hopefully, he'll have a couple of good games here and I won't have to worry about it," said Roenicke.

Fielder has started every game this season and doesn't like coming out of the lineup but Roenicke said he would sit him if he thinks his slumping slugger needs a day off.

"It depends what point it gets to," said Roenicke. "If it gets to a point where I think he definitely needs to do it, I'm sure he'll go along with it. Hopefully, it doesn't come to the point where I tell him I think he needs a day off."

Fielder went 1-for-4 and scored a run Friday in the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Giants.

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