Odor (hamstring) sits again as precaution

Woodward confident second baseman will avoid injured list

June 30th, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- was out of the Rangers’ lineup for the second consecutive day on Sunday, but manager Chris Woodward said there was no cause for alarm.

Odor exited Friday’s game in the ninth inning with a left hamstring cramp. He was given Saturday off as a precaution, but the second baseman informed Woodward on Sunday morning that he could only run at about 75-80 percent.

Woodward was confident Odor would avoid a trip to the injured list, and added that Odor is available to hit if the Rangers need him. Still, Texas played it safe on Sunday, and Logan Forsythe filled in at second base in the series finale against the Rays.

“It made no sense to try and push him,” Woodward said. “It could turn into an IL [stint] if he plays and ends up hurting himself, and now he’s out for three weeks to a month.”

Odor has struggled to find his offensive stride this season, hitting just .188 through 67 games. On Friday, though, he enjoyed his first multi-hit game since June 9, finishing 3-for-4 and a home run shy of the cycle.

Rangers notes

• Right-hander Kyle Dowdy pitched for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, walking two and striking out one in 18 pitches. The Rangers’ reliever is closing in on a return after he landed on the injured list retroactive to June 1 with a right elbow impingement.

• Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who re-signed with Texas on Saturday, also threw 4 2/3 innings for the Sounds on Saturday night and allowed four earned runs on seven hits (three home runs). He walked three and struck out three.

• Rehabbing outfielder Scott Heineman (left shoulder surgery) tripled for Nashville on Saturday as the designated hitter. Heineman, who had the surgery in mid-December, is hitting 8-for-19 with four extra-base hits and eight RBIs through five rehab games with the Sounds.