Mathis (back) has been shut down for the season, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. This should not come as a shock since Mathis hadn't played since Sept. 14. He was hoping to get into a lineup at some point before the end of the season, but the back injury never improved to the point where he could play. The 36-year-old backstop, who is under contract for one more season, started 76 games and played in 88 overall for the Rangers this year, the most starts and games played since 2011, when he was with the Angels. The Rangers may cut back on his playing time in 2020, but first they need to evaluate Jose Trevino and determine if he's ready for the No. 1 job.
Mathis (back) isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics. Unsurprisingly, Mathis will be held out of the lineup for Friday's matchup due to a lower-back strain. The Rangers have yet to reveal an updated timeline, though he's expected to remain out through the weekend.
Mathis isn't expected to be available for at least the next four or five days while he manages a strained lower back, the Associated Press reports. The injury will prevent Mathis from appearing in either of the Rangers' two games in Houston to begin the week, though he could be ready to play during the team's weekend series in Oakland. Mathis had already noticed a downsized role in recent weeks, and the injury should only further entrench Jose Trevino as the Rangers' top backstop.
Mathis (back) is not in the lineup Sunday against Oakland. Mathis sits the day after leaving Saturday's game with a lower-back strain. It's not entirely clear whether his absence is injury-related, as he's fallen behind Jose Trevino (who starts behind the plate Sunday) on the depth chart.
Mathis left Saturday's game against Oakland with a lower-back strain. The injury doesn't appear to be too serious, as Mathis is considered day-to-day. Isiah Kiner-Falefa looks to be the backup to Jose Trevino behind the plate if Mathis misses an extended period, though he hasn't started at the position since early June.
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