Rougned Odor injury: Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor left tonight’s game against the Anaheim Angels in the first inning with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Odor was replaced by Jurickson Profar.
In the bottom of the first inning, Odor got on base with a one out 3-2 walk. Elvis Andrus hit a flare to right field that looked like it would fall, but when right fielder Kole Calhoun made a running catch, Odor was forced to scamper back to first base. Odor pulled up as he approached the bag, and after being examined by the trainer, left the game.
The injury looked fairly serious, and my wild ass guess from the couch is that he’s likely going to miss four to six weeks. Even if Odor is going to miss less time than that, if he is going to miss any time, the Rangers will likely have to put him on the 10 day disabled list. The Rangers currently have just a three man bench, and with Odor unavailable, Texas is left with just Carlos Tocci and Juan Centeno as reserves. I have a hard time believing the Rangers would go with just those two as backups for any length of time.
Jurickson Profar, who was supposed to be the Rangers’ starting second baseman in 2014, then missed two years, then found himself behind Odor in the pecking order, will presumably get the bulk of the playing time in Odor’s absence. There are fans who have been wanting Profar to get an extended chance of playing time, and if Odor’s injury is as bad as it looked, he will get that shot.
UPDATE — Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who was starting for the Round Rock Express tonight, has been lifted for pinch runner Cameron Rupp, per Levi Weaver. So apparently, Kiner-Falefa will be the guy the Rangers bring up tomorrow if a roster move needs to be made.
UPDATE II -- Per John Blake, Odor was lifted due to a “left hamstring strain” and will be further evaluated tomorrow. Presumably that will include an MRI.