Rangers officially shut down Alex Rios


Rangers outfielder Alex Rios hasn’t appeared in a game since September 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury, and he’s not going to be rushed back for the final week.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rios has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season, leaving him with a disappointing .280/.311/.398 slash line in 131 games. The Rangers are expected to decline his $14 million option for 2015 — paying him a $1 million buyout instead — and he’ll be an interesting free agent case at age 33.

Rios has been hugely productive at different points in his career — he had 18 home runs and 42 stolen bases between the White Sox and Rangers in 2013 — but some of his seasons have been complete clunkers.