Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will sit out at least one week to deal with an infection in his right thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Given the Rangers’ position in the standings and the sudden resignation of manager Ron Washington, losing Rios hardly registers on the radar of concerns for the Rangers.
Rios, 33, has had a mediocre season at the plate, compiling his worst offensive season since 2011. In 521 plate appearances, he has mustered a .280/.311/.398 slash line with four home runs, 54 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. The Rangers have a $13.5 million option on Rios with a $1 million buyout for the 2015 season, which they will have to mull exercising. It’s the last leg of a seven-year, $69.835 million contract extension Rios signed with the Blue Jays in April 2008.