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Justin Jones Jersey , a two-time All-Star for the Rangers, was
activated Monday for the series opener against the Kansas City Royals. He missed
59 games after a pitch by Kenyan Middleton broke his right elbow in an April 11
game against the Los Angeles Angels.
He had been inactive for only three of the Rangers’ 1,515 games since making
his debut on opening day in 2009. He was suspended for a 2016 game and was on
the paternity list for two games in 2017.
”He’s never gone through this,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ”He’s
never not played in 10 years. This is the first time.”
Texas went 25-34 without Andrus, who hit .327 with two home runs and five
RBIs in 14 games before the injury.
”A guy that has played 10 consecutive years you don’t replace,” Banister
said. ”You miss everything he does and what he was able to do. He was our
three-hole hitter and one of the better centerpieces of the offense. He did a
lot of things for us offensively. Obviously Youth
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Beltre on defense.”
Andrus went 1-for-24 with three walks in a seven-game rehab assignment in the
Jurickson Profar, who had four RBIs Sunday in the victory over Colorado,
started 56 games at shortstop in Andrus’ absence. He started at second on Monday
against the Royals, will play third on Tuesday and be the designated hitter
”He played very well,” Banister said. ”He became one of the better hitters in
our lineup. I thought he progressively got better defensively.”
He said the plan is to play Rougned Odor, Profar and Beltre five games a
In other roster moves Jared
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Rodriguez from Triple-A Round Rock, optioned catcher Jose Trevino to Double-A
Frisco and designated for assignment right-hander Dick McGuire, who was claimed
off waivers last week from Toronto.
Rookie utility player Isiah Kiner-Falefa will become the backup catcher. He
will make his first major league start behind the plate Wednesday. He has
started at third base, second base and shortstop.
”He’s earned the right to be here and to do it here,” Banister