Mazara will get the chance to prove he's an everyday right fielder early in the season, Vinny Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The question of Mazara playing every day is based on the left-handed hitting outfielder's history against left-handed pitching. He's compiled a .231/.272/.361 slash line over four seasons in MLB, suggesting a platoon could be a possibility. "He'll be out there the bulk of the time, obviously," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "Historically he's had some struggles against lefties, but he's now going to get the opportunity, at least early on, to show what he's capable of doing." It looks like Mazara will get the chance early on against both lefties and righties, but if he's overmatched by southpaws, the White Sox have Leury Garcia or Adam Engel to potentially serve as part of a platoon.
Mazara is slashing .364/.462/.545 with two extra-base hits, five RBI and five runs scored in nine Cactus League games.
Mazara is enjoying a nice spring, riding a six-game hitting streak as he prepares for his first season with the White Sox after spending seven years in Texas' organization. The former Ranger will be the everyday starter in right field and figures to slot in at sixth or seventh in the batting order.
Mazara said he's fully healthy heading into spring training, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Mazara apparently only recently recovered from a thumb injury that he suffered during the 2018 season, which he partially blames for some of his struggles over the past season and a half. Through his first four big-league campaigns (537 games), the 24-year-old is hitting .261 with 79 home runs.
Mazara signed a one-year, $5.56 million deal with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
The 24-year-old was traded from the Rangers to the White Sox exactly one month ago, and he's now officially under contract for 2020 with his new team. Mazara had an up-and-down 2019 season while dealing with multiple injuries and posted a .268/.318/.469 slash line with 19 home runs and 66 RBI in 116 games. He could end up being a platoon option if he's unable to improve his numbers against southpaws (.646 OPS last season).
The Rangers agreed to trade Mazara to the White Sox on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Mazara endured an up-and-down 2019 campaign with multiple injuries but will now get a fresh start in Chicago. The 24-year-old had a .268/.318/.469 slash line with 19 home runs and 66 RBI in 116 games, but his outfield defense continues to be subpar. Mazara should be an option in right field and at designated hitter as the White Sox attempt a push toward contention in the AL Central, having also added Yasmani Grandal this offeason. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, minor-league outfielder Steele Walker is heading back to the Rangers in the deal.
Mazara (thumb) is doubtful to play against the Yankees this weekend, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Mazara had tried to play through an oblique injury during September but had been limited. That injury prevented him from playing consecutive days, and now he hasn't played since Sept. 22 due to the thumb. While the Rangers haven't declared he's being shut down, it appears unlikely he'll play at all in the final series of the regular season. Mazara is hitting .268/.318/.469 with 19 home runs, one shy of a fourth straight 20-homer season.
Mazara (thumb) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox.
He has been unavailable since Sept. 22 with the thumb injury. Shin-Soo Choo is starting in right field and leading off while Nick Solak starts at designated hitter.
Mazara (thumb) is not starting Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Mazara has been dealing with an oblique issue throughout September, though a thumb injury is what has kept him out of the lineup for the last two days. Shin-Soo Choo starts in right field in his absence.
Mazara aggravated his right thumb, which is why he was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox, Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports.
This is the same injury that cost him 26 games in 2018. He aggravated it Sunday but stayed in the game and managed to hit a home run. However, he couldn't even get his glove on his right hand Tuesday, so he is clearly dealing with significant swelling. It sounds like he is day-to-day but is running out of time to return this season.
Mazara (undisclosed) was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.
It's not yet clear what forced Mazara out of the lineup. Scott Heineman is starting in right field in his place, hitting seventh.
Mazara will sit Wednesday against the Astros.
Mazara has gone 5-for-17 in limited action in September while dealing with a lingering oblique issue. Danny Santana will be the right fielder Wednesday.
Mazara went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros.
Mazara took Justin Verlander deep for Texas' lone run and the outfielder's 18th home run. Rangers manager Chris Woodward has used Mazara sparingly the last two weeks due to lingering oblique pain. Mazara hasn't started on back-to-back days since being activated Sept. 1, so he could be idle for Wednesday's series finale.
Mazara is not starting Sunday against the Athletics.
Mazara has been starting infrequently over the last two weeks while dealing with a lingering oblique issue, though he may have sat even if healthy with lefty Sean Manaea on the mound for Oakland. Shin-Soo Choo starts in right field Sunday.
Mazara started in right field and went 1-for-5 in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics.
This was just the third start for Mazara since he rejoined the Rangers at the beginning of September. The left oblique strain he sustained in August is still an issue, Randy Jennings of the Dallas Morning News reports. "Every time he swings hard, something hurts,'' said manager Chris Woodward. The manager is trying to respect Mazara's desire to continue to play but acknowledged the team is looking at an every-other-day schedule for the outfielder.
Mazara is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics.
Mazara finds himself on the bench for the second straight game after returning to the starting nine Wednesday following his presumed recovery from an oblique injury. There's been no announcement that he aggravated the issue or has a new injury. Danny Santana will start in right field while Ronald Guzman enters the lineup at first base Friday.
Mazara is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rays.
Mazara returned from an oblique injury Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his first game in over a week. Manager Chris Woodward noted after the game that the outfielder still isn't 100 percent, so it's no surprise to see him back on the bench as the Rangers look to ease him back into action. Danny Santana is covering right field in his stead, with Ronald Guzman drawing a start at first base.
Mazara went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Rays.
Mazara returned to the lineup Wednesday after being sidelined the last eight days with a strained left oblique muscle. Texas manager Chris Woodward told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that Mazara's not 100 percent but is good enough to play. "Our expectation is for him to stay healthy," the manager said. "I know he's not going to be 100 percent, but if he is 90 or 95 percent, he should be able to play. He needs at-bats. He was in a good place before he got hurt. He was moving the needle forward. We want to see more of it." Implicit in the manager's comments Wednesday and statements made earlier this month is that Mazara is competing for a starting job in what is expected to be a crowded outfield in 2020.
Mazara (oblique) is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays.
He will man right field and bat cleanup against the right-handed tag team of Andrew Kittredge and Austin Pruitt in his first start since Sept. 2. Mazara has logged only 30 starts against left-handed pitching this season, but now that he's turned the page on his oblique injury, he is expected to be tested more against southpaws to see if he can be more than just a platoon option in 2020.
Mazara (oblique) isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.
Mazara will miss another contest while nursing an oblique injury. He's expected to return by the end of the Rangers' current homestand, which draws to a close Sunday against Oakland.
Mazara (oblique) expects to return during the Rangers' upcoming homestand, which runs Sept. 10 through Sept. 15, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Mazara is out of Saturday's lineup -- his fifth straight absence -- with oblique tightness and will apparently sit out Sunday as well, but he could rejoin the lineup as early as Tuesday. The 24-year-old is taking batting practice Saturday as he appears to be nearing his return.
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