Calhoun is not in the lineup Sunday against the Astros. Calhoun went 5-for-17 with one homer, one double and three RBI as the designated hitter over the past four games, but he'll head to the bench for the season finale. Shin-Soo Choo (wrist) returns from the injured list and is batting leadoff Sunday.
Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI double during Thursday's loss to the Astros. Calhoun got the Rangers on the board with a two-run blast against Cristian Javier in the sixth inning. He also tacked on an RBI double in the seventh. It was the first long ball and the second double of the year for the 25-year-old, who is hitting .193/.232/.273 overall.
Calhoun isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks. Calhoun went hitless in four at-bats Monday, and he'll get a breather for the series opener against the Diamondbacks. Nick Solak will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday.
Calhoun went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Angels. Calhoun returned to the lineup Friday after taking a seat against a left-hander Thursday and registered his first hit since returning from a hamstring injury. This was supposed to be a full season for the outfielder, but Calhoun has been through a fractured jaw, a strained oblique and a hamstring injury in 2020. Those injuries and the pandemic have limited him to just 21 games and 74 plate appearances. As such, the Rangers plan to send him to the instructional league during the offseason, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "Willie has to keep working," manager Chris Woodward said. "He has to keep working to prove that he is an adequate defensive player. I don't know what our roster is going to be like next year. Obviously he is one of our best hitters. As far as playing the outfield, he has to earn it. He has to earn a spot." With Shin-Soo Choo (wrist) becoming a free agent, designated hitter could be Calhoun's landing spot in 2021.
Calhoun isn't in Thursday's lineup against the Astros. With southpaw Framber Valdez starting for the Astros on Thursday, Calhoun will retreat to the bench. Nick Solak will serve as the designated hitter in his absence.