In his second year as the Rangers' primary catcher, Robinson Chirinos had a similar season to his previous one. With 10 home runs and 16 doubles over 273 plate appearances, the 31-year-old was a good source of power, but he wasn't a big run producer or singles hitter. Chirinos batted just .232, and unless he changes his flyball- and pull-hitting tendencies, Fantasy owners can't expect much better going into 2016. He's still perfectly fine as a second catcher in standard mixed Rotisserie leagues.
Chirinos avoided arbitration with the Rangers by agreeing to a $1.55 million deal, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. While his batting average, home runs, and RBI all trended down from 2014 to 2015, Chirinos did register a career high in OPS. He remains a weak bat at catcher, so don't wait too long for a breakout season in 2016. It's also worth noting he had to deal with hand, shoulder, and biceps injuries last season.
Chirinos is not in the lineup Wednesday for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays. With right-hander Marcus Stroman set to start Game 5, Chirinos will be held out of the lineup once again in favor of Chris Gimenez, who will take over at catcher and hit ninth in the order.
Chirinos is not in the lineup for Friday's ALDS matchup with the Blue Jays, according to Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake. Chirinos hit a two-run home run off Toronto's David Price in Thursday's game, but he will be held out Friday in favor of Chris Gimenez with the Rangers taking on right-hander Marcus Stroman.
Ramgers catcher Robinson Chirinos said Sunday that he is no longer experiencing any pain in his left biceps, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers have been rolling with Chris Gimenez of late as their primary catcher, but with Chirinos' biceps injury no longer an issue, it's possible the team could make a switch in the final week of the season. Gimenez will get the start in Sunday's series finale against the Astros, but look for Chirinos to gradually cut into his playing time.
Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (biceps) is available to catch for the Rangers, but will not be the primary option over the final weeks, the Dallas Morning News reports. Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson are expected to shouldering most of the workload, with manager Jeff Banister saying "we're at the point of the season and with the rhythm these two guys have been in, they will get the bulk of the time." Meanwhile, Chirinos has started just one game since the beginning of August and the skipper thinks he still isn't "back to major league speed."