Texas Rangers: Kensuke Tanaka

Now is not time to promote Rougned Odor

March, 24, 2014
Mar 24
11:49
AM CT
It didn't take long, after the Texas Rangers announced that Jurickson Profar would miss 10 to 12 weeks with a torn muscle in his shoulder for the tweets to come in asking about promoting Rougned Odor to the big leagues.

Odor has had a solid spring. He's hitting .294 (5-for-17) and has played well at second base. He's another one of the club's prospects that scouts really like and believe has a bright future.

Rougned Odor
AP Photo/Darron CummingsRougned Odor has had a solid spring, but he needs more time to develop.
But is that future now?

No. Not yet, anyway. And it's a feeling the Rangers share as general manager Jon Daniels told reporters in Arizona today that Odor will stay in the minors.

I know it's tempting to put the 20-year-old in the lineup while Profar is out and see what he can do, especially with some internal options that aren't overwhelming. But this would clearly be a case of rushing things.

Odor has a total of 30 games played in Double-A Frisco. He hit .306 in those games, but it was a small sample against better pitching. Odor must prove he can handle it for a little while longer before he moves up to Triple-A or makes the Rangers think about promoting him to the big leagues. The 20-year-old has just a total of 296 minor league games in rookie ball, Class A and Double-A. He needs a little more seasoning.

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The alternatives, right now, aren't great. There's no doubt the club is looking at every external option, but this late in camp, that's going to be a reserve infielder from another team that wasn't quite able to make their roster. That's just the way it goes.

Internally, Josh Wilson, Kensuke Tanaka and Adam Rosales will get looks. Wilson is a right-handed hitter whom Washington likes for his defense. Wilson is 12-for-46 (.261) in 21 Cactus League games. Tanaka, a left-handed hitter, was sent to minor league camp recently, but is back on the big league side and starting at second base today. He's 32 years old and with limited big league experience. At this point, two of the three internal candidates could make the roster if the Rangers don't find someone externally.

The easy, knee-jerk would be to promote Odor with a lack of solid options available. But it's too soon to do that. We'll see Odor in Arlington in the near future -- just not on Opening Day.

Contreras among Rangers' roster cuts

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
4:33
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Veteran pitcher Jose Contreras was offered re-assignment to minor league camp, part of a flurry of roster moves the team made on Monday.

Contreras, 42, is weighing his options, which could include retiring.

Pitchers Nick Tepesch, Cory Burns and Miles Mikolas along with infielder Andy Parrino were optioned to Triple-A. Pitcher Daniel Bard, recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in January, was re-assigned to minor league camp along with outfielders Brad Snyder and Bryan Peterson, catchers Patrick Cantwell and Brett Nicholas and infielder Kensuke Tanaka.

The Rangers now have 30 players remaining in big-league camp.

Lineups: Alex Rios will play DH

February, 28, 2014
Feb 28
9:00
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals continue their Surprise rivalry at 2 p.m. CT today. You can hear the game on texasrangers.com (with Matt Hicks and some contributions from me).

The lineups:

TEXAS
LF Shin-Soo Choo (L)
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Prince Fielder (L)
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Alex Rios
RF Mitch Moreland (L)
C J.P. Arencibia
CF Michael Choice
2B Kensuke Tanaka (L)

PITCHERS
RHP Alexi Ogando
RHP Jose Contreras
RHP Matt West
RHP Cory Burns
RHP Nate Adcock
LHP Pedro Figueroa
RHP Armando Rodriguez

KANSAS CITY
RF Norichika Aoki (L)
2B Jason Donald
1B Eric Hosmer (L)
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon (L)
C Salvador Perez
3B Mike Moustakas (L)
CF Lorenzo Cain
SS Christian Colon

PITCHERS
RHP James Shields
LHP Chris Dwyer
RHP Jason Adam
RHP Sugar Ray Marimon
LHP Everett Teaford
RHP Michael Mariot
LHP Tim Collins

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.326 18 75 77
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .882
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182