Odor (personal) is starting Saturday's spring game against the Diamondbacks.
Odor will return to third base and bat seventh Saturday after he was excused from camp for a personal matter Friday. The 27-year-old should continue his work at third base during spring training.
Odor was excused from spring training to return to Texas for personal business, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers are off Friday, and Odor is expected to return Saturday. Upon his return, Odor is expected to continue his work at third base after playing there Wednesday for the first time this spring.
Odor started at third base and went 1-for-3 in Wednesday's spring game against the Angels.
This was Odor's first start at the hot corner, the position he seems most likely to play in 2021. He was scheduled to start at second base but asked manager Chris Woodward before the game to switch positions, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports. "He felt it was important to get out there as soon as possible, which was music to my ears," Woodward said. "I thought it was great, it was good for the team." The Rangers suggested over the offseason that Nick Solak is likely to start at second base, Odor's previous position.
Texas manager Chris Woodward said he believes the team would be better with Odor at third base and Nick Solak at second base, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers are in rebuild mode and informed Odor, who has a 0.1 WAR over the last two seasons, that his role as a starter is not guaranteed. The organization told him to be prepared for work at other positions, namely third base. Odor, who reports to camp Monday, has been off the radar during the offseason, working out privately. "He knows what he's got to do," president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said Sunday. "I'm looking forward to seeing where he's at." Woodward believes second base is Solak's best defensive position and thinks Odor can handle the challenge of third base. However, he will not be handed the job. Odor will be challenged by Brock Holt and Charlie Culberson.
Texas general manager Chris Young told MLB Network Radio that Odor could play multiple positions in 2021, Kennedi Landry of the Rangers' official site reports.
Odor's notoriously poor batting average -- he batted .197 over the last two seasons -- appears to have finally cost him a spot in the everyday lineup. "We're going to try to put him in a lot of different positions," Young said. "We'd like to see him spend some time at second, third, potentially in the outfield a little bit, and just see if and where he's improved, and how during this offseason, he's been able to kind of make the steps and strides that we need to see in terms of the player that we believe he can become." Nick Solak will be given the opportunity to win the starting job at second base, while Odor explores opportunities around the diamond.
Odor will move to a utility role if Nick Solak beats him out for the second base job this spring, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The only thing standing in Solak's way is proving he can handle the keystone defensively. Odor has hit .205 or worse in three of the last four seasons, and it seems like the Rangers have run out of patience in the sense that he will no longer be given playing time based on reputation alone. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was announced as the team's starting shortstop Tuesday as well, so Elvis Andrus will also be occupying a utility role. If Solak wins the everyday job at second base, Odor could see time at third base until prospect Josh Jung gets the call.
Odor went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, one walk and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Astros.
Odor had gone just 1-for-19 over his previous five games, but he had a strong season finale with home runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The 26-year-old hit a career-worst .167 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI during the shortened 2020 season.
Odor is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
The lefty-hitting Odor will bow out of the lineup with southpaw Alex Young on the hill for Arizona. Nick Solak checks in at second base for Odor, who went hitless with four strikeouts in eight at-bats over his last two games.
Odor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI double in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Angels.
Odor's double off Patrick Sandoval drove in Leody Taveras in the third inning. The second baseman later added a solo homer off Ty Buttrey to extend the Rangers' lead to 6-2 in the eighth. The 26-year-old has eight long balls and 24 RBI while hitting .172/.218/.414 on the campaign.
Odor went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.
Odor quickly gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead in the first inning with his blast off Angels starter Andrew Heaney. The second baseman has seven homers, 22 RBI and 12 runs scored, but he also carries an anchor-like .161 batting average.
Odor is not starting Friday against the Angels.
Odor sits after starting eight of the last nine games. He hit just .19 over that stretch, though his three homers helped him to a respectable .769 OPS, dragging his season-long mark up to .559. Nick Solak will be the second baseman Friday.
Odor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 6-3 win over Oakland.
Odor broke a 1-1 tie with his three-run blast in the sixth inning. The 26-year-old has gone deep in three consecutive games, driving in eight runs during that span. He's up to a .570 OPS with 20 RBI this season.
Odor went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics.
Odor belted the home run in the first inning, giving him homers in consecutive plate appearances. Despite this recent signs of life in his bat, Odor was held out of the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. That highlights the organization's commitment to the evaluation of its prospects over the final weeks of the season.
Odor went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored in a 10-6 loss to Oakland on Friday.
Odor took T.J. McFarland deep in the eighth inning. It was his first hit since returning from an eye infection Wednesday. Odor is slashing .144/.204/.300 over 98 plate appearances this season.
Odor (eye) was activated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday and will bat sixth as the second baseman against the Angels.
A right eye infection had kept Odor sidelined since late August. He was having an awful time at the plate prior to landing on the injured list, hitting a miserable .150/.198/.287, so the Rangers are reportedly set to give him a smaller role down the stretch.
The Rangers are moving away from Odor (eye) and Elvis Andrus as everyday players in the middle infield, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
This should come as no shock to close observers of the organization. Both players have either not produced up to standards at the plate or, in the case of Odor, experienced long slumps. Now, after losing 17 of 20, the Rangers will be evaluating players like Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Anderson Tejeda and Andy Ibanez for spots in the middle. Odor has missed time because of an eye infection, so the team is already getting a look at Tejeda and Nick Solak at the keystone.
Odor (eye) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Odor missed six consecutive games while dealing with a right eye infection, and his trip to the IL will allow him extra time to heal. The 26-year-old will be the starting second baseman once he returns, but Nick Solak could take over at second base in his absence with Leody Taveras seeing increased time in center field.
Odor (eye) will be the starting second baseman when ready to play, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Texas manager Chris Woodward confirmed that Odor, who missed his sixth consecutive game Sunday, will return as a starter when his eye infection clears up. Odor's status is an issue for a couple of speculative reasons. He's slumping once again, batting just .150 with a .486 OPS through 22 games, and the Rangers, who dropped to 12-21 with Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, are expected to look at younger talent going forward.
Odor (eye) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Odor will be on the bench for a sixth straight while he continues to deal with an eye infection. Nick Solak will spell him at the keystone.
Odor's eye infection continues to bother him, but manager Chris Woodward is hopeful medication will allow him to play in the coming days, Sam Blum and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News report.
Odor has missed the last five games and will likely miss a sixth game ahead of Monday's scheduled off day. Nick Solak has been filling in at second base.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs HOU||W 8-4||3||2||2||2||4||1||0|
|09/26||vs HOU||W 6-1||4||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/25||vs HOU||W 5-4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||vs HOU||L 4-12||3||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|09/22||@ ARI||L 0-7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/21||@ LAA||L 5-8||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/20||@ LAA||W 7-2||4||1||2||1||2||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||100||377||65||115||33||4||5||59||26||67||27||8||.305||.369||.454|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||30||108||26||38||12||2||5||19||12||10||3||1||.352||.426||.639|
|2018||AAA-Round Rock Express||3||12||1||2||0||0||0||1||1||4||0||0||.167||.231||.167|