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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Alex Rios, Jake Smolinski

By on 9/13/2014 10:00:00 PM

The Texas Rangers do not have a healthy outfielder on the bench and are unsure if they will get either Alex Rios or Jake Smolinski back before the end of the season.  Rios experienced a setback in his ailing thumb when it became infected last week.  Smolinski is more likely to return, as he is taking batting practice after being sidelined with a fractured foot.

Rios has not played often in the second half of the season due to nagging injuries.  He has been out of the lineup since August 27 with a sore thumb which became infected last week.  T.R. Sullivan of reported Rios had his infected thumb drained last week and sutures removed yesterday but it will still be a couple days before he is able to swing the bat.  The Rangers may not push Rios to return this season since the team will not be going to the post season.  The outfielder is batting .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games.

Smolinski fouled a pitch off his left foot on July 21 and has not played since being put on the disabled list retroactive to July 22, as reported by Sports Injury Alert’s Evan Petzold.  He is taking batting practice and getting close to running full speed, according to Sullivan.  The team hopes that he will return to play on the next road trip which starts on Tuesday in Oakland.  Smolinski is batting .389/.450/.472 with no home runs and 5 RBIs in his first 11 games of his Major League career.

The Texas Rangers (56-92) have the worst record in baseball this season but won the game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves.  

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