How long can the Rangers wait for Rougned Odor to heat up? He suffered a left hand contusion and is questionable for Friday’s game against the Angels. Maybe the best solution is to let Odor rest or have him play some rehab games in Triple-A.
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This season Odor is hitting .216 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI in 85 games. He signed a six-year $49.5 million extension over the off-season. After having a career year in 2016, Odor was put together a horrendous 2017 campaign.
The Rangers thought Odor was going to be a consistent middle of the order hitter for them. It’s not turned out like that and it could be time to send him to the minors. The 23-year-old has struggled heavily, and time in the minors could help.
Odor needs the pressure taken off him so he can focus on getting his swing back. It’s going to be hard for Odor to heat up when he’s seen little success this season. Let him go to the minors for a couple of weeks and get his swing back.
The All-Star Break is after this series and if Odor can’t put it together then the team should consider sending him down. He’s a young player, and still has improving to do. He’s hurting the Rangers offense, and with this recent injury maybe a rehab stint or minor league assignment isn’t the worst idea in the world.