Hoying was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Hoying spent a good amount of time in the starting lineup while Carlos Gomez was out of commission, but with plenty of other outfield options available at manager Jeff Banister's disposal, the 28-year-old will return to the minors. During his cup of coffee with the Rangers, Hoying only managed to hit .210 while striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats. He'll likely dwell in the minors as an organizational depth piece until another injury strikes the big-league outfield.
Hoying is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
With no designated hitter spot available for the three-game series in Washington, the Rangers have prioritized offense over defense in starting Delino DeShields in center field, relegating Hoying to a bench role. At least until Mike Napoli (back) returns from the disabled list, there should be room for both Hoying and DeShields in the lineup when the Rangers resume play against American League clubs.
Hoying went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in Tuesday's 10-8 win over the Mets.
In addition to the strong showing on offense, Hoying made one of the highlights of the night in the field, robbing Jay Bruce of a home run to straightaway center in the third inning. Even after reaching base three times Tuesday, Hoying still sports an unremarkable .278 on-base percentage on the season, but his defensive skills should keep him in the lineup on a fairly regular basis until Carlos Gomez (hamstring) comes off the disabled list.
Hoying will start in center field and bat ninth Wednesday against the Rays.
The Rangers have yet to use Joey Gallo in the outfield since Adrian Beltre came off the disabled list earlier this week, but it's expected that he'll gradually see more time in left field with Beltre and Mike Napoli serving as the primary corner infielders. That will result in Hoying and Delino DeShields jockeying for playing time in center field, and for the time being, it looks as though Hoying may have the edge. While he doesn't provide much of an impact at the plate, Hoying is regarded as a stronger defender at the position than DeShields, who hasn't helped his case for regular at-bats by slumping at the plate of late. DeShields is on the bench for the third time in four games and may only receive consistent starts against left-handed pitching until Carlos Gomez (hamstring) returns from the DL.
Hoying is out of the lineup Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After starting four games in a row, Hoying will take a seat Tuesday night while Delino DeShields heads to center field. Hoying hasn't done much at the plate over 11 games this season, as he's hitting .235 and striking out in 27 percent of his at-bats.
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|2011||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||116||420||50||99||27||4||5||45||45||98||10||9||.321||.355||.236|
|2012||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||58||218||37||60||12||2||4||17||21||52||8||4||.352||.404||.275|
|2013||AAA-Round Rock Express||53||188||31||50||5||5||8||24||6||60||4||2||.291||.473||.266|
|2014||AAA-Round Rock Express||135||509||86||138||33||7||26||78||40||140||20||7||.325||.517||.271|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||129||485||66||104||25||6||23||60||29||110||20||6||.263||.433||.214|