Not a great Sunday for the Texas Rangers as they lose to the Yankees, and possible lose their young infielder. How does Rougned Odor’s injury impact the Rangers and their playoff hopes in 2017?
It was a 16-7 loss for the Texas Rangers on Sunday, but the bad news doesn’t end there. Second baseman Rougned Odor left Sunday’s game with a mildly sprained left ankle, although X-rays were negative.
Odor was able to walk off the field, but manager Jeff Banister wasn’t taking any chances. He would rather have Odor exit the game than continue to play and possibly make the injury worse.
If Odor is put on the disabled list, what should the Rangers do at second base? Infielder Drew Robinson came in for Odor on Sunday. The only other infielder the Rangers decided to call up was Phil Gosselin.
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The organization decided to leave infielder Jurickson Profar off the September roster despite putting up above average numbers in the minors. This season Profar hit .287 with seven home runs and 45 RBI in 87 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
If this is a long-term injury for Odor then the Rangers should consider giving Profar a shot. Both Gosselin and Robinson are likely bench or role players at best. Many scouts believe that Profar has the ability to be an everyday player in the MLB.
Hopefully the injury will be short-term and Odor will be back in a few days. He’s put together a disappointing season, but the Rangers benefit off Odor’s power bat. If Odor is forced to miss time the Rangers should recall Profar.
We’ll wait and see what the Rangers decide to do over the next few days. This could be a big opportunity for a player to make a name for themselves in September. Luckily for the Rangers it doesn’t sound like too serious of an injury.