An MRI on Adrian Beltre's back revealed no structural damage following Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays.
Beltre was yanked from Thursday's win after he hit an RBI single in the third inning. While he looked to be in clear pain during the game, silver linings abounded after the game. An MRI revealed that Beltre's suffering from a back strain rather than a more serious herniated disk. He received a cortisone shot and should be considered day-to-day. While he hasn't been ruled out for Game 2, the quick turnaround to Friday's 12:45 ET contest makes his starting chances somewhat unlikely.
Adrian Beltre will undergo an MRI to determine whether his lower back stiffness is due to a muscular issue.
Beltre knocked an RBI single during the third inning of Thursday's win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS, but he could barely run out of the box after the hit. A trainer then tended to him on the field before he was officially lifted from action in the next inning. He'll under go an MRI to determine the exact source of his lower back stiffness. The results of the scan should shed light on the veteran's status for the rest of the ALDS. His presence in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 would count as a surprise.
Rougned Odor went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Thursday's 5-3 ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays.
Odor was all over the place in this one, even knocking out Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson with a (unintentional) knee to the face on a double play attempt in the fourth inning. When he wasn't showing off his best WWE moves, he found himself twice hit by pitches from Blue Jays ace David Price. He also hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to help provide the Rangers with a bit of a cushion. Nice game in the books, the 21-year-old second baseman will square off with Marcus Stroman in Friday's Game 2 as he looks to continue to build his budding postseason highlight reel.
Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS win over the Blue Jays.
Chirinos hit ninth in Thursday's raucous contest with the Blue Jays. He delivered from the bottom of the lineup card, swatting a two-run homer off Toronto ace David Price in the fifth inning. At the time, it increased the Ranger lead to 4-1. A biceps injury hampered him down the stretch in September, but it didn't appear to limit him under the October spotlight as the Rangers began their quest for playoff immortality. The 31-year-old catcher's not a pure power hitter by any stretch of the imagination, though he did pop 10 long balls in the regular season. He'll do battle with Blue Jays Game 2 starter Marcus Stroman on Friday.
Jose Bautista went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS loss to the Rangers.
Bautista socked a solo home run in the sixth inning off Rangers reliever Keone Kela. His blast inched the Blue Jays to within 4-3 on the scoreboard, but ace David Price would surrender a solo home run of his own in the top of the next frame and the Blue Jays would ultimately lose 5-3. No time to dwell. They'll look to rebound in Game 2 behind starter Marcus Stroman on Friday. Bautista was lifted from the field during the ninth inning due to a right hamstring issue, but it's not expected to keep him from the lineup.