Player News - Rangers

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Jurickson Profar posted a bases-clearing three-run double in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Yankees.

The big knock off of reliever David Robertson was enough to push the Rangers over the hump as they held on for a wild 12-10 victory. Profar is still slashing .237/.313/.410 so far this season, but he also has 26 RBI through 45 games, which ties his career-high in the category. He's finally healthy and seeing regular playing time with Elvis Andrus sidelined, but there's still not enough here for him to be worth a pickup in most mixed fantasy leagues.
May 24 - 12:22 AM

Isiah Kiner-Falefa finished 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 12-10 slugfest victory against the Yankees.

The 23-year-old utility player racked up a career high in RBI in a single game and he has collected two or more hits in back-to-back games for the first time as a major leaguer. He is 7-for-21 (.333) across the past seven outings to raise his average from .245 to .260 just since May 15. Kiner-Falefa has some decent speed, but he is still only worth considering in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues at this point.
May 24 - 12:19 AM

Ronald Guzman finished 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in Wednesday's 12-10 victory against the Yankees.

Guzman has swatted homers in three straight outings, as there is something about Yankees pitching that agrees with him. He is still slashing just .218/.288/.426, but the power lately has been nice. If it continues he could be worth a look in deeper mixed formats. For now, he remains useful only in AL-only fantasy play and as a low-end DFS option while running hot.
May 24 - 12:13 AM

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth inning while striking out the side Wednesday against the Yankees to nail down his 10th save.

Kela needed just 12 pitches, throwing nine for strikes, as he converted his 10th save in as many opportunities. Many will look to his 4.50 ERA, which is very unsightly for a closer, but all nine of the runs he has allowed have come in non-save situations. While they still count against the fantasy bottom line, he is lights out when working in save situations.
May 24 - 12:08 AM

Doug Fister was touched up for eight runs - six earned - and 11 hits over just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Yankees.

Fister hasn't won since March 30, a span of eight consecutive starts coming up empty. Homers have been a problem lately, as he has served up seven home runs across 24 innings over his past four outings. He'll try to turn things around Monday in Seattle to kick off a two-start week. He remains useful only in AL-only fantasy leagues at this point until he starts to tick off wins more regularly.
May 24 - 12:04 AM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx will start on Thursday against the Royals.

Bibens-Dirx was signed to a minor league contract in December, and his contract will be selected from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. He appeared in 24 games with the Rangers in 2017, registering a 4.67 ERA, 1.356 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings over 24 appearances for Texas.
May 23 - 6:20 PM

Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took batting practice before Thursday's game.

Beltre was able to field ground balls hit at him on Tuesday, and now he's feeling well enough to take live batting practice. Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters that Beltre was a "few weeks" away on Monday, but it's clear he's making progress, and there's at least a chance we see him back with Texas before the end of the month, with early June still the most likely return point.
May 23 - 4:52 PM

Joey Gallo is absent from the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

He'll take a seat with the Yankees throwing southpaw CC Sabathia. Ryan Rua is getting a start in left field. The Rangers are also giving Carlos Perez a start at catcher over Robinson Chirinos.
May 23 - 3:16 PM

Jurickson Profar swatted a three-run homer in the first inning on Tuesday, propelling the Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Yankees.

Profar wasted no time putting his mark on this game, crushing a no-doubter off of Domingo German to give the Rangers the early 3-0 lead in this one. It would be his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. Profar, who continues to see everyday action at shortstop with Elvis Andrus sidelined, is hitting .230/.304/.401 with three homers and 23 RBI on the season.
May 23 - 12:27 AM

Ronald Guzman clubbed his fourth home run of the 2018 campaign as the Rangers defeated the Yankees on Tuesday.

Guzman's solo shot off of Domingo German increased the Rangers' lead to 6-1 in the fourth inning. He also singled and walked in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3 officially. The rookie first baseman has shown signs of life in recent weeks, but is still hitting a disappointing .206/.280/.392 with four homers and 14 RBI on the year. He shouldn't even be on the radar in mixed leagues for the time being.
May 23 - 12:27 AM

Keone Kela retired the Yankees' in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday, protecting a two-run lead to earn his ninth save of the season.

The big right-hander needed 15 pitches to dispatch of Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker to send the Rangers' fans home happy. Kela has now successfully converted each of his first nine save chances on the season, while posting a 4.76 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 19/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. While the ERA jumps off the page, he doesn't appear to be in any danger whatsoever of losing his grip on the closer's gig.
May 23 - 12:27 AM

Cole Hamels earned his third victory of the season on Tuesday, limiting the Yankees to two runs on four hits over seven innings of work.

The veteran southpaw racked up seven strikeouts on the night while issuing two walks. Both of the runs that he allowed came via solo home runs, with Gleyber Torres smacking one in the third inning and Miguel Andujar adding one in the seventh. Hamels has surprisingly returned to being a reliable fantasy option this season, compiling a 3.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. Fire him up in all formats for Sunday's start against the Royals.
May 23 - 12:27 AM

Elvis Andrus (elbow) has been cleared to swing a bat.

Andrus is currently on the 60-day disabled list with an olecranon fracture in his right elbow -- an injury he suffered back in mid-April. If all goes smoothly with his rehab activities, he could return to the Rangers' active roster around the middle of June. The 29-year-old shortstop was batting .327/.426/.500 through his first 61 plate appearances this season. Jurickson Profar has been filling in at short for Texas.
May 22 - 5:17 PM

Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took grounders hit right at him on Tuesday.

But the veteran third baseman still isn't doing any lateral movement and is likely still a couple weeks away from returning to the Rangers' active roster. Beltre has been out since May 15 with a left hamstring strain. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will continue to fill in at the hot corner for the Rangers.
May 22 - 5:15 PM

Delino DeShields is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Yankees.

DeShields is batting just .095 with a .383 OPS over his last 51 plate appearances. Ryan Rua will start in center field and hit ninth Tuesday versus Yankees right-hander Domingo German.
May 22 - 4:09 PM


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