Taveras was optioned to the Rangers' alternate training site Monday. Taveras got off to an incredibly slow start this year and hit just .087 with one RBI and two stolen bases in 15 games. He had been out of the lineup in four of the last six contests and will now attempt to sort things out at the team's alternate training site. Adolis Garcia should continue to serve as the primary center fielder going forward, while Eli White could also see a slight uptick in playing time.
Taveras went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Angels. Taveras was a healthy scratch in the last two games and three of four, as Adolis Garcia, who served as the DH on Wednesday, has emerged as the team's primary's center fielder. Perhaps the free-swinging Taveras learned a lesson from his spell on the bench; Wednesday's two bases on balls doubled his season total.
Taveras is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Angels, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports. It seems that Adolis Garcia has taken the starting center field job, at least for the time being. Taveras is hitting .098 with a 19:1 K:BB in 13 games.
Taveras isn't starting Monday's game against the Angels. Taveras will take a seat for the second time in the last three games after he went just 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts in his last five contests. Adolis Garcia will take over in center field once again Monday, batting eighth.
Taveras isn't starting Saturday's game against the Orioles. Taveras had gone just 1-for-11 with a stolen base and four strikeouts in the last three games. Adolis Garcia will start in center field Saturday, batting fourth.