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Rangers send Rougned Odor to injured list with knee sprain

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Second baseman Rougned Odor has been placed on the 10-day injured list, the Rangers revealed Saturday. Odor was removed from the lineup on Friday with right knee soreness, which was then characterized as a knee sprain upon further evaluation. Per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he’s expected to miss at least two weeks in recovery.

Odor, 25, sustained the injury during batting practice prior to the club’s series opener against the Athletics, and was later replaced by Logan Forsythe at the keystone. While he came out swinging during Cactus League competition this spring, his bat has cooled considerably since the start of the 2019 season: he’s carrying a .167/.255/.214 batting line with two extra-base hits and two RBI through his first 47 plate appearances.

In corresponding moves, the club shifted Edinson Vólquez to the 60- day IL and selected infielder/outfielder Danny Santana from Triple-A Nashville. Santana is slated to step in for Odor during Saturday’s set against the A’s. He’s also off to a hot start this season and batted .343/.425/.514 with five extra bases and six RBI through his first 40 plate appearances in Triple-A — a trend the Rangers will hope he continues as they look to take the series from Oakland this weekend.

 

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.