Jon Daniels says the Texas Rangers "probably could have pushed" the return of slugger Prince Fielder to their lineup later this season if they were in a pennant race.
The general manager said Thursday that makes no sense now for the Rangers, who have the worst record in the major leagues.
Fielder had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27. He is expected to be healthy for spring training.
Daniels addressed Fielder and other injured players after the non-waiver trading deadline passed without Texas making any deals.
The Rangers don't expect right-handers Tanner Scheppers or Alexi Ogando to pitch again this season while dealing with elbow issues. Daniels also ruled out returns this season for second baseman Jurickson Profar and infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff.