Chirinos went hitless in four plate appearances during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Mariners. It was Chirinos' third straight game without a hit, but he at least made his mark on the defensive end, with the catcher picking off the Mariners' Yonder Alonso at third base with a snap throw to help the Rangers escape a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Rangers and fantasy owners can both probably be expected to deal with a minor slump from Chirinos, who has otherwise been outstanding at the dish since settling in as the team's top catcher following the July 30 trade of Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies. He's slashing a remarkable .318/.452/.551 with five home runs, 18 runs and 12 RBI since the Lucroy trade.
Chirinos is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels. Chirinos is riding a seven-game hitting streak and is hitting .387 (12-for-31) this month, but he will be held out Friday after starting five games in a row. Brett Nicholas will get the start behind the plate in Chirinos' place.
Chirinos went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored Sunday against the Yankees. Chirinos picked up right where he left off in his return from a sore hamstring, getting on base for the 24th consecutive contest while launching his 17th long ball. The catcher had little to celebrate on the defensive end, however, as his pitching staff was lit up for 16 runs by New York's explosive offense.
Chirinos (hamstring) is starting at catcher and batting sixth during Sunday's game against the Yankees. Chirinos was held out of Saturday's lineup due to a sore left hamstring. The ailment was never expected to keep him out for long, and the backstop is ready to rejoin the starting nine for the series finale against Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees.
Chirinos was held out of the lineup in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees due to a sore left hamstring, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Rangers skipper Jeff Banister seemed to indicate the hamstring issue was only a minor concern for Chirinos, whose absence from the lineup may have been for maintenance purposes more than anything else. After the Yankees limited the Rangers to just one hit Saturday, expect Banister to sign off on Chirinos' return to the lineup for the series finale Sunday if the catcher's hamstring checks out fine in pregame warmups. Chirinos has been one of the club's best hitters since taking over as the primary backstop following the July 30 trade of Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies, slashing .337/.477/.581 with four home runs and 10 RBI since that time.
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