Hamilton could be out for a week due to rib soreness

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Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton suffered bruised ribs when he ran into the outfield wall on Saturday at the Twins’ Target Field.  He underwent X-rays and they came back negative, but he’s still feeling some discomfort and was not in Sunday’s lineup.

Hamilton hinted to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson that he could be out for a week:

can’t say for sure, but all signs point to not good,” Hamilton said Sunday morning. “The last time
it happened (last year), I was feeling a lot better after about a week. There’s no
DL, but it’s how quickly I get back out there. We’ve got to make the
playoffs before we can worry about playing in the playoffs.”

The Rangers have a healthy lead in the American League West and probably don’t have to worry about gaining any more ground.  It might be wise, then, to simply give Hamilton the next week off and a few more off days down the stretch.

Shawn Tolleson becomes a free agent

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The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.

Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.

Indians strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.

Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.