Rua started in left field and went 1-for-3 in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Athletics. Rua recorded one of only four Rangers hits on the day, as Athletics lefty Sean Manaea turned in a dominant start. With the Rangers having shut down several regulars for the season due to minor injuries, Rua should be in line for some extra at-bats during the team's final three contests.
Rua went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI in Sunday's 16-7 loss to the Yankees. Though he served as the Rangers' No. 9 hitter while picking up the start in left field, Rua paced the team in hits for the afternoon, turning in a double and a pair of singles. Rua could be a regular presence in the lineup against left-handed pitching for the rest of the season, but unless the Rangers are scheduled to face a southpaw-heavy slate in a given week, he won't make for an enticing fantasy play outside of AL-only formats.
Rua was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Rua played his way out of a semi-regular role over the first two months and has spent nearly the entire second half in the minors to this point. He will be up for good now, but Rua will likely only see sporadic opportunities against left-handed pitching over the remaining weeks of the season. The 27-year-old is arbitration eligible this winter and could be non-tendered.
Rua was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. A spot was needed for Joey Gallo's return from the concussion DL, and Rua was the corresponding roster casualty. The 27-year-old went 2-for-7 (.286) during his brief stint with the Rangers, and he's now sporting an unsightly .208/.282/.340 line in 106 at-bats for the big club this season. He'll likely return sometime after rosters expand, but he isn't expected to see much playing time when he does.
Rua was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. In addition to being recalled, Rua is in Monday's lineup, starting in left field. Rua has yet to impress in the majors this season, as he owns an underwhelming .202/.275/.343 line. In a corresponding move, the Rangers optioned Phil Gosselin to Round Rock.
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