Rangers News: Odor, Fister Headed to the Disabled List

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 04: Manager Jeff Banister
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 04: Manager Jeff Banister /
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The Rangers sent two starters to the disabled list with leg injuries on Tuesday afternoon.

John Blake, Executive VP of Communications for the Rangers, announced Tuesday evening that pitcher Doug Fister and second baseman Rougned Odor were both headed to the disabled list with leg injuries.

Injuries

Odor strained his left hamstring trying to get back to first on an Elvis Andrus fly ball in the first inning Monday against the Angels. Odor had to leave the game and was replaced by Jurickson Profar at second base. Odor’s injury could have him out to up 3 weeks.

Fister reportedly strained his hip in his start against the Angels. The righty was pulled after 5 innings and just 82 pitches. Expectations are that Fister will not be back to make his start next Sunday.

Replacements

Texas called up Isiah Kiner-Falefa from Triple-A Round Rock as a replacement to Odor. Kiner-Falefa is a infield/catcher combo that will be making his first move to the big league club. The 23-year old from Hawaii was just 5 games in to the Triple-A season and is hitting .200 through just 15 at-bats. In his minor league career, Kiner-Falefa has played 463 games and his average sits at a comfortable .276 with a .346 on-base percentage. The young infielder is listed as the Rangers 27th overall prospect in MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch.

As a replacement on the pitching staff, the Rangers activated Tony Barnette from the 10-day disabled list. Barnette has been out since March with back stiffness and made his last rehab appearance Monday for Double-A Frisco. The reliever, Barnette, appeared in 50 games for Texas last year. He posted a 5.49 ERA and struck out 57 in just 57.1 innings.

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It’s unknown how much either addition will play, but expect Jurickson Profar to get the majority of the playing time in Odor’s place.

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