Apostel was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with lower-back tightness. The 21-year-old was lifted from Thursday's game with back spasms and will end up missing the final weekend of the season. Apostel received his first taste of the majors this year and went 2-for-20 with one double, one run and one walk in seven games.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Apostel (back) is unlikely to play again this season, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports. Apostel was removed from Thursday's game with back spasms. The rookie had just two hits in 20 at-bats at the time of his injury.
Apostel exited Thursday's game against the Astros after tweaking his back while diving for a groundball, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Isiah Kiner-Falefa moved to third base, with Andrew Romine entering the game at shortstop following Apostel's exit. More details regarding the extent of the injury should be known after the game.
Apostel started at first base and went 0-for-4 while committing a costly error in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Angels. Apostel, a third baseman by trade, made his second start at first base for the Rangers. He allowed a groundball to sneak past him in the eighth inning, which eventually led to the Angels' game-winning run. "It's a play he's got to make," Texas manager Chris Woodward told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "He knows that. Ton of topspin on that ball. He's just got to spear the baseball. Obviously, it could have been a double play if he could just catch it and throw to second." The Rangers will enter the offseason with first base unsettled. It's unlikely they would use Apostel there in 2021, but the organization appears to be grooming him for the position long term. He started 10 games there in the minors in addition to 231 starts at third base.
Apostel started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Astros. Apostel, one of Texas' top hitting prospects, made just his second start since being summoned from the alternate camp Sept. 12. His first start came at third base, the position he's played in the minor leagues. This start at first base comes as Ronald Guzman is mired in a 3-for-25 slump. The Rangers don't have a set first baseman for 2021, but it's unlikely they hand the job to the 21-year-old Apostel.
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