Lucroy will hit the bench for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Lucroy receives a standard off-day after starting the past four games behind the dish. In his place, Robinson Chirinos will catch Martin Perez and bat eighth in the order.
Lucroy is out of the lineup for Friday's series opener with the Royals, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Lucroy has started just three of the past six games for the Rangers, as he once again gives way to Robinson Chirinos behind the plate Friday. Nonetheless, the 31-year-old should still be considered the primary catcher as the team begins the latter half of the season, despite his below-average numbers including just four home runs and a -0.2 WAR.
Lucroy is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels. After starting the team's previous three games, Lucroy will head to the bench in favor of Robinson Chirinos. Lucroy will head into the All-Star break slashing .256/.303/.364 with four homers and 25 RBI.
Lucroy went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run in Friday's 10-0 win over the Angels. The double was only Lucroy's fifth extra-base hit since the beginning of June, and he's homered only once during that span. The drastic decline in power has limited Lucroy to a .664 OPS on the season, his worst showing since his debut campaign in 2010. With Lucroy due to become a free agent over the winter and backup Robinson Chirinos outperforming him at the plate this season, the Rangers could explore dealing away the two-time All-Star to a playoff-contending club that's searching for an upgrade at catcher.
Lucroy is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox. Lucroy will head to the bench for a breather after catching all 11 innings in Monday's extra-innings loss. Robinson Chirinos is starting behind the dish in his place.
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