I reported on August 12 that Rios was bothered with an ankle injury, which kept him out of action the previous Saturday. An MRI revealed only a mild sprain. But now it appears his ailing thumb that has been bothering him for weeks may limit his playing time.
As reported by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rios was out of the lineup on Wednesday to rest his thumb. Rios has struggled to a .196 batting average since the All-Star break due to nagging injuries.
"It's sore. It's causing me to make adjustments in my swing that I don't want to do. Those things have implications, and I do things I'm not supposed to be doing. It affects you."X-rays have been negative on Rios injured thumb and manager Ron Washington always checks with Rios to see if he can play.
"He's a warrior. I'm going to keep running him out there. I'll give him a break today and see how he feels tomorrow. He is a part of this team. He wants to be there. That's admirable. It shows the young guys that things aren't always the way you want them, but you have to find a way."Rios, in his 11th Major League season, is batting .281 with four home runs and 52 RBI this season. The veteran has played for the Blue Jays, White Sox and Rangers and is a career .278 hitter with 165 home runs and 760 RBI.
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