Because the Rangers’ injury news apparently never stops, now infielder Rougned Odor will be examined further by team doctors today after leaving Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.
Odor hurt his shoulder sliding back into first base on a pickoff attempt and has been diagnosed with a sprain for now, leaving him day-to-day until the Rangers find out more.
Texas’ roster has repeatedly been wrecked by injuries all season and that continued yesterday, as the Rangers announced that first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland will miss three months following ankle surgery.
Odor, who was called up from Double-A well ahead of schedule at age 20 because of injuries to Jurickson Profar and Donnie Murphy, has hit .290 with two homers and a .793 OPS through 24 games.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.
Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.
Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.