Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Royals.
Kiner-Falefa has hit safely in three straight, going 5-for-10 with four walks, two extra-base hits, three runs and four RBI. As the Rangers begin to accept their 2018 fate as a non-playoff team, it has afforded them the opportunity to get Kiner-Falefa plenty of at-bats. That figures to be the case for the rest of the season, even when Adrian Beltre (hamstring) and Elvis Andrus (elbow) return from injuries. With those two regulars on the disabled list, Kiner-Falefa ranks second among healthy Rangers in batting average (.262) and on-base percentage (.340). That modest proficiency at the plate has prompted manager Jeff Banister to use him up in the order. The 23-year-old infielder has batted second or third over the last six games.
Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Kiner-Falefa will head to the bench for what appears to be a routine day of rest following Saturday's contest in which he was hit by a pitch on two separate occasions. Hanser Alberto will man the hot corner in his stead.
Kiner-Falefa started at third base and went 1-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored in Tuesday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Mariners.
Kiner-Falefa got the first start in place of injured third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a sore hamstring. Beltre's return date is unknown, but there's a feeling that he came back too soon from an earlier hamstring injury that cost him 12 games. Kiner-Falefa will be the primary fill-in for however long it takes Beltre to get back. With Beltre having been on the disabled list for 74 of the club's previous 204 games, a strong case can be made to make Beltre a part-time third baseman/designated hitter. In that event, Kiner-Falefa would have a semi-regular role in Rangers' starting lineup.
The Rangers are already talking about the disabled list for Beltre, who spent a stint on the DL with the same hamstring injury he aggravated Sunday. Kiner-Falefa had moved to a utility role last week when Beltre and Rougned Odor returned from injuries, but should be back for regular duty in the starting lineup at third base for as long as Beltre is unavailable.
Kiner-Falefa was not in the starting lineup Friday and will move into an infield utility role going forward, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers welcomed back second baseman Rougned Odor (hamstring) from the disabled list Friday, moving Kiner-Falefa to the bench for the first time in 25 games. He'll be the primary fill-in at second base, shortstop and third base. There should be a couple of starting opportunities the next few days. Manager Jeff Banister plans to start Kiner-Falefa at third base Sunday for Adrian Beltre, and the manager said he wants to give a break to shortstop Jurickson Profar, whose start Friday was his 20th consecutive.
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