Friday, May 23, 2014
Stock Report: Choo up, Fielder down
By Richard Durrett
DETROIT -- This stock report comes shortly after the club received more devastating news on the injury front. So here's a look:
Shin-Soo Choo: He leads the team with six home runs and is now hitting .400 on the road this season with hits in 15 of his last 16 games away from Globe Life Park. Choo leads the AL in on-base percentage, a big reason he was acquired this offseason.
Chris Gimenez: The catcher did a nice job with Yu Darvish on Thursday (you can expect him to keep catching the Rangers' ace with J.P. Arencibia in the minors) and added four hits in just his second game as a Ranger.
Yu Darvish: Moved to 5-0 in his career against the Tigers with a win this week, the first pitcher to win his first five starts against Detroit since Joel Pineiro (2001-2003).
Prince Fielder: A herniated disk in his neck now means Fielder is scheduled for surgery Tuesday that will end his season. The weakness in his left arm could explain the lack of power numbers, but after trading for Fielder this offseason the Rangers will now get just three homers and 16 RBIs from him in 2014. They hope is he returns to the Fielder of old in 2015.
Jurickson Profar: The other side of the Fielder trade was making room at second base for Profar. But the 21-year-old prospect hasn't played a game in the big leagues this year and may not play in one for the rest of this season. He's re-strained the muscle in his shoulder and has been shut down. He's out at least eight to 12 weeks. We'll see if he progresses quickly enough to play this year.
Rougned Odor: Has made eight starts at second base but is 1-for-12 in his last five games, as his average has dipped to .179. He's still adjusting to life in the majors and facing big-league pitching.