ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 07: Julio Borbon #20 of the Texas Rangers on a sacrifice bunt against the New York Yankees in the 6th inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Round Rock centerfielder Julio Borbon left yesterday's game after injuring his ankle sliding into second to try to break up a double play in the bottom of the 7th.
X-rays were negative, but Borbon does have a sprained ankle, and presumably is going to miss some time going forward.
This is bad news for the Rangers, who are in the market for pitching help at the trade deadline. Borbon has been playing well at Round Rock, posting a .298/.376/.435 line, and is 16 for 20 on steals. The thinking has been that being able to offer up a major-league-ready centerfielder who is under team control for several more years would help the Rangers land an arm this month.
However, with Borbon injured and presumably heading to the minor league disabled list, it diminishes his trade value and potentially removes him from the mix as a trade chip. This is something that could make it harder for the Rangers to swing a deal this month.