It was a similar situation to now last year when Prince Fielder's health began a steep decline.
Ahead of a May road trip to Detroit, his former team for the previous few years, Fielder stayed behind in Arlington to have tests done on his ailing neck. He wouldn't play again that season.
So when the Rangers head to Comerica Field in Detroit for a four-game set beginning Thursday, Tigers fans will have their first chance to welcome — or not — him back to the Motor City.
After last season, it appeared the Tigers were going to win the trade running away, as Kinsler had a good year in 2014 and has been even better in 2015. But Fielder has been an offensive monster all year for the Rangers in 2015.
Kinsler is batting .305 this season and is looking to be a .300 hitter for only the second time in his career, the first coming way back in 2008 with the Rangers. Of course, Fielder leads the American League in hits and is batting .324 with an .881 OPS, 17 homers and 69 RBIs.
It was always interesting to see what kind of reaction Fielder would get upon his return to Detroit, as he left there on not-so-great terms. Now, we'll finally get to see it.