"His wrist is a little sore," Banister said. "It has been sore. There was a play at the plate about a week ago. He's been kind of grinding through it. We felt like if we could get him the three days, it seemed to be appropriate with the two right-handers."
A pair of afternoon games at 3:07 p.m. CT on Saturday and 12:07 p.m. CT on Sunday make it possible for Banister to get Chirinos in for a back-to-back set. He's confident in both options, though, and hasn't seen many separating factors.
"Both of our catchers have received the ball well and they've blocked it well," Banister said. "They've managed the game well. From behind the plate, both of them work extremely well with all of our pitchers. I don't think there's been any distinct difference between the two."
Latest Rangers injury news Adrian Beltre is not with the team in Toronto as he rehabs a hamstring injury that he suffered in the Rangers' last series.
"I felt it was best for him to rest and take care of that hamstring," Banister said. "Try to get as healthy as he can to be back with us as soon as he can."
Rougned Odor was scheduled to go through "field activities" on Friday, Banister said, and is walking on a treadmill to work back from a hamstring strain of his own. Both Carlos Tocci and Tim Lincecum are in Arizona working on their rehabs.
Rangers balancing rotation picture Cole Hamels and Doug Fister will open the Cleveland series, which begins on Monday. Matt Moore is expected to pitch the third game, but will be available out of the bullpen for a couple of days in the meantime.
Banister wants to keep Hamels on his regular rest and continue to give Mike Minor an extra day. Otherwise, Bartolo Colon, Martin Perez, Moore and Fister may have an added day between their starts. It's also possible they become available out of the bullpen at times, but Banister doesn't have a set plan for that just yet.
"It's not ideal, but all of these guys are veteran enough to handle the workload and situation," Banister said.
Gallo against the shift Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo bunted against the shift for a single on Wednesday against the Athletics, which continues to be a topic of discussion as opposing defenses leave their left side open to him.