ARLINGTON -- Catcher Robinson Chirinos was scratched from Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Tigers with soreness in his left wrist, an issue that has been bothering him since the first week of the season.Chirinos said he first injured the wrist in a game against the Athletics in Oakland. He has
ARLINGTON -- Catcher Robinson Chirinos was scratched from Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Tigers with soreness in his left wrist, an issue that has been bothering him since the first week of the season.
Chirinos said he first injured the wrist in a game against the Athletics in Oakland. He has been dealing with it ever since and had an injection on Tuesday to help relieve the pain. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Rangers have a day off on Thursday before opening up a three-game series against the Astros on Friday in Houston.
"I think it's going to be fine on Friday," Chirinos said.
The Rangers are not considering the disabled list for Chirinos. Texas has Carlos Perez as his backup, and infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa can also catch, if needed.
"There is always concern with a guy with recurring, persistent type of soreness," manager Jeff Banister said. "We'll see how he feels on Friday. We're going to take some time to knock this thing out."
Odor targets for Friday
The Rangers are hoping Rougned Odor will be ready to return on Friday after being on the disabled list since April 10 with a strained left hamstring.
Odor has played three games on medical rehabilitation assignment, two with Double-A Frisco on Saturday and Sunday, and Tuesday night with Triple-A Round Rock. He was 1-for-4 at the plate on Tuesday and played the entire game at second base.
"He played well last night, swung the bat well and completed the game as we felt he could," Banister said. "Typical soreness, nothing out of the ordinary. He looked good."
Odor is scheduled to play again for Round Rock on Wednesday night and join the Rangers on Friday in Houston.
"That has been the target date," Banister said. "We'll continue to let him go through the process and see how he feels."
Miller named Rangers honorary bat girl
Dallas native Meg Miller -- a mom, a sister, a teacher, a daughter, a friend and a wife -- recently celebrated her five-year anniversary as a survivor of breast cancer and will be the Rangers' honorary bat girl for Mother's Day. The Rangers will be in Houston on Sunday, but Miller, 40, will be honored before the May 22 game against the Yankees in Arlington.
Back in 2011, Miller's mother, Eleanor, lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer. A little over a year later, at age 35, Miller went for her first mammogram (five years earlier than doctors usually recommend) because of her mother's history with the disease.
Within weeks -- on what would have been her mother's 68th birthday -- Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, five years later, she is grateful for the early diagnosis, which increased her chances of recovery and allows her to raise her three sons and spread awareness among the community of women who have been affected by this disease. She sings with the Susan G. Komen "Voices of Hope" Survivor Choir, and she and her family participate and volunteer at Komen's Race for the Cure every year. Miller also encourages all women take seriously the importance of self-exams, regular doctor visits and getting screened early.
During games on Mother's Day, players will wear newly designed caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim, while club uniforms will feature a pink ribbon on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks is optional for every player.
MLB players will continue to have the opportunity to use pink bats during Mother's Day games. Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties through Mother's Day apparel to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.
• Right-handed reliever Chris Martin, who is on the disabled list with tightness in his right forearm, came out of Tuesday's bullpen session without any issues. He is scheduled to throw another session on Friday in Houston.
• Drew Robinson, placed on the disabled list Monday, received an injection in his left hip on Wednesday and will be sent to Surprise, Ariz., to continue his rehabilitation in extended spring training.
• Reliever Ricardo Rodriguez, who started the season on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, has been transferred from Double-A Frisco to Round Rock to continue his rehab assignment. He allowed one run over three innings in three appearances with Frisco.
• Outfielder Bubba Thompson, who was the Rangers first-round Draft pick last year, has been assigned to Class A Hickory. He began the season in extended spring training.
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.