Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Beltre suffered the injury sliding into second base attempting to break up a double play on a Mitch Moreland ground ball.
Beltre hadn’t been his usual self at the plate over the first two months of the season, batting .251/.289/.404 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 218 plate appearances entering Sunday’s game. In his absence, Adam Rosales could see playing time at third base, though Wilson suggests the Rangers could call up Rougned Odor from Triple-A Round Rock.
Last season the Rangers rushed top prospect Rougned Odor to the majors as a 20-year-old and now they’re sending him back to the minors after he hit just .237 with 10 homers and a .658 OPS in 143 games.
Odor actually held his own for the most part last season despite making the jump from Double-A, but this season he hit .144 in 29 games to convince the Rangers he’s better off back in the minors. He’ll report to Triple-A, where Odor has never played previously.
Long term Odor remains a very good bet, but his current inability to control the strike zone is a major weakness (and not unexpected for such a young, inexperienced player). For the Rangers he drew just 24 walks in 520 plate appearances while striking out 96 times.
Adam Rosales figures to take over as the Rangers’ primary second baseman.
Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning against Rangers starter Ross Detwiler. The next batter, Tim Beckham, took a fastball high and outside for ball one. Catcher Robinson Chirinos popped up and fired to second, hoping to catch Cabrera too far off the second base bag. Second baseman Adam Rosales took the throw and applied the tag to Cabrera, who was deemed safe.
Cabrera shoved Rosales, which caused an argument and both benches to empty. Order was restored quickly, however, and no one was ejected. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times discerned that the issue arose when Rosales elbowed Cabrera as he slid back to second base. In my own interpretation, the elbow appeared to be inadvertent due to a loss of balance, not malicious. Cabrera likely thought Rosales was trying to push him off of the bag.
You can watch the benches empty with MLB.com video here.
In addition to re-signing infielder Adam Rosales today, the Rangers announced that they signed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
You might remember Oviedo from when he was known as Leo Nunez and saved 92 games from 2009-2011 with the Marlins. After missing the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery, he posted a 3.69 ERA and 26/16 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings with the Rays last season before being released in August. He sat out the rest of the year.
Oviedo turns 33 in March and could secure a bullpen spot with Texas if he regains some of his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity.
The Rangers announced today that they re-signed infielder Adam Rosales to a one-year contract. According to various reports, he’ll make a $900,000 salary in 2015.
Rosales was non-tendered by Texas in December after batting .262/.328/.378 with four home runs, 19 RBI, and four stolen bases across 181 plate appearances last season, but the two sides were able to hammer out a new deal. The 31-year-old made starts at all four infield positions in 2014 and figures to serve as a utility infielder again this year.
The Rangers designated right-hander Matt West for assignment in order to clear a spot for Rosales on their 40-man roster. The 26-year-old converted infielder was limited to just one appearance in 2013 due to Tommy John surgery and had a 3.34 ERA and 64/18 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock last season.