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Inbox: What's Texas' plan for expanded roster?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers questions from Rangers fans
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With the Rangers hanging around in the American League Wild Card race, do you think we will see any September callups get significant playing time?
-- Brady R. Waco, Texas

No, not unless there is a significant injury. Drew Robinson and Brett Nicholas are already on the big league roster, so as long as the Rangers are in AL Wild Card contention, the September callups will likely be for depth.

With the Rangers hanging around in the American League Wild Card race, do you think we will see any September callups get significant playing time?
-- Brady R. Waco, Texas

No, not unless there is a significant injury. Drew Robinson and Brett Nicholas are already on the big league roster, so as long as the Rangers are in AL Wild Card contention, the September callups will likely be for depth.

Figure that Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar and Jared Hoying will be back to strengthen the bench. A third catcher is usually desirable in September, although the Rangers don't have one on the 40-man roster.

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A left-handed reliever is the Rangers' biggest need, so if Jake Diekman returns, it will be huge. Or possibly Dario Alvarez.

The most interesting potential callup is whether the Rangers will call up hard-throwing right-hander Connor Sadzeck from Double-A Frisco. He was moved to the bullpen in midseason and struggled initially, but he has pitched much better lately.

Will the Rangers try to re-sign Carlos Gomez? Or will they feel more comfortable using Delino DeShields and Robinson in center field next year?
-- Andrew A. Fort Worth, Texas

The Rangers have three big decisions before they get to Gomez. First of all, they need to settle on a position for Joey Gallo. He is too valuable offensively to bouncing around defensively. The guess is he will be anchored at first base if Adrian Beltre returns.

Secondly, the Rangers need to commit to DeShields. He offers too much offensively on a team too dependent on home runs. Defensively though, the Rangers probably prefer him in left.

That leaves Robinson, who the Rangers see as a frontline talent. But he is unproven, and the Rangers are usually reluctant to hand over a position to an unproven young player without veteran options.

Is there anybody on the Rangers who has walked so little and struck out so much as Rougned Odor has this season?
-- Brian C. Oklahoma City

Odor has 20 walks and 119 strikeouts. Only four times in Rangers history has a player finished with 25 or fewer walks and more than 100 strikeouts in a season: Chris Davis in 2009 (24, 150), Odor last year (19, 135), Laynce Nix in 2004 (23, 113) and Chaudell Washington in 1977 (25, 112).

Video: CWS@TEX: Odor adds to lead with bases-loaded walk

Is there anyone in the Rangers' farm system with a reputation as the "tough out" guy who could make a splash this season or in 2018?
-- David G. Grand Forks, N.D.

That's why the Rangers like Willie Calhoun, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade. Calhoun, the organization's No. 2 prospect as ranked by MLBPipeline.com, has 54 strikeouts in 434 at-bats. There are 100 players in the Minor Leagues with at least 438 at-bats, and only five have less than 54 strikeouts (there are 38 with more than 100 strikeouts).

When will the Rangers find out the player to be named from the Jonathan Lucroy trade. Will it be after the season?
-- Derek H. Arlington

If the Rangers are picking from a list of players, it could be September once the Minor League season is over and they are done scouting the Rockies' farm system. Same thing with the Giants and the Sam Dyson trade. Occasionally teams will wait until after the Rule 5 Draft if they don't want to lock up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Do any of the Rangers spend time learning musical instruments like a Bernie Williams?
-- Paul D. Grapevine

A.J. Griffin is an accomplished guitar player who performs in public back home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

What's the deal with Profar?
-- Isidoro T., Buda, Texas

He is still in Triple-A purgatory, a player with Major League talent blocked in Arlington by Elvis Andrus and Odor. Profar is obviously frustrated and understandably so, but he has no recourse but to wait for the Rangers to make a decision.

What are the chances of our Rangers wearing pinstripes? I'd love to see them in white with red or blue stripes, or even better, alternating stripes on the same uniform.
-- Kitty T. Arlington

Why not? They've tried everything else. The expansion Washington Senators started out in really sharp pinstripes.

What's the deal with Shin-Soo Choo picking "Despacito" as his walk-up music? Was this a goof or a dare? Or does he really like the song?
-- Michael M. El Paso, Texas

Maybe Justin Bieber is bigger in South Korea than West Texas.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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