After seeing significant run with major league squad in 2015, Hanser Alberto held a considerably smaller role during the 2016 season. The 24-year-old Alberto didn't make much of a case for increased playing time, batting just .143 during his time in the big leagues. Alberto's defensive versatility is the reason for his presence on the 40-man roster. With more talented options ahead of Alberto on the depth chart at each infield position, chances are that he will continue to play sparingly. Look for him to ride the shuttle between Round Rock and Texas for most of the season yet again.
Alberto (shoulder) has been cleared to resume playing catch, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The platelet-rich plasma injection Alberto required in his sore shoulder in late March has apparently had the desired effect, so the utility infielder will now attempt to ease his way back into playing shape following a layoff of about a month and a half. Because the 24-year-old missed a large portion of spring training, he'll likely require an extensive rehab assignment before the Rangers activate him from the disabled list, perhaps at some point in mid-May.
Alberto (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. This isn't new information, as Alberto was shut down from throwing for two weeks after receiving a PRP injection in his shoulder Monday. The 24-year-old remains without a timetable, though there should be a better idea of when he'll return after he's cleared to resume throwing. With Alberto sidelined to start the year, Drew Robinson has replaced him on the Opening Day roster.
Alberto is set to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder and will be shut down from throwing for at least two weeks, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Alberto has been bothered by a sore right shoulder for most of March, and it appears the lingering issue will force him to begin the 2017 campaign on the DL. His timetable remains unclear, but there should be a better idea once he's cleared to begin throwing again. With the 24-year-old sidelined for the start of the season, Drew Robinson could replace him on the Opening Day roster.
Alberto suffered a setback with his sore right shoulder and required an MRI on Saturday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Rangers decided to temporarily shut Alberto down after he experienced renewed pain in the shoulder, and his status for Opening Day is now looking like a serious question mark. He'll be reevaluated Monday, at which point the Rangers should have a better idea of how long he'll be sidelined. If Alberto is forced to open the campaign on the 10-day DL, it could aid Drew Robinson's bid for a roster spot.
Alberto (shoulder) is still experiencing soreness when he throws, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Alberto was cleared to throw earlier in the week, but it seems like he'll need some more rest before he picks things back up. It didn't seem like the injury would affect his readiness for Opening Day, but if it continues to linger, it could hurt his chances at making the roster as a reserve infielder.