Rangers catcher on 60-day DL with forearm fracture
By Ryan Posner
ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos, on the 60-day disabled list with a broken right forearm, said he felt good after hitting soft toss Tuesday and will take batting practice on the field in the next few days.
Manager Jeff Banister said the plan is for him to return on June 9, the first day he's eligible to return from the disabled list.
Chirinos fractured the forearm after getting hit by a fastball from Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on April 9 and Tuesday's game was the 40th he had missed.
"I saw the X-rays today, and it was all clean," Chirinos said. "When you get injured, you worry about it, so when you see the X-ray and see it's 100 percent, it's a good feeling."
Banister said the team has a schedule of simulated games for Chirinos to undergo, starting with seven innings on Wednesday and working up to nine by Sunday. If the simulated games go well, the next step will be a rehab assignment.
"It's similar to what we do with pitchers, to get his legs engaged and have him move around," Banister said.
During the rehab stint, the team will look to get Chirinos around 45-50 innings behind the plate, catch back-to-back seven-inning games, back-to-back nine-inning games and a couple of starts at designated hitter to get approximately 45-50 at-bats.
Outside of baseball activities, Banister is pleased with how Chirinos has been able to stay in shape during his time on the DL.
"He's been running and lifting with his lower half like a madman," Banister said.
Rangers wait on hearing ruling: Second baseman Rougned Odor had his appeal heard on Tuesday by the Commissioner's Office, but a decision wasn't handed down, and he was in the lineup Tuesday night against the Angels.
"He is more comfortable on the field than any other place," Banister said.
Odor was suspended eight games for punching Jose Bautista in the face during an on-field altercation against the Blue Jays on May 15. The Rangers are hoping the suspension is reduced, but the club still likely will call up infielder Jurickson Profar for a reliever to cover themselves in the infield while Odor serves the suspension.
"Whether it is eight or less, it is what it is," Banister said. "We have a plan for when he is suspended."
• Shawn Tolleson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels on Monday night, his first outing since being taken out of the closer's role. He struck out Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Said Banister: "He was in need of a positive outing."
• Catcher Bobby Wilson threw out two attempted basestealers on Monday night. Rangers catchers went into Tuesday's game 9-for-22 throwing out attempted basestealers, a 40.1 percent success rate that was second-best in the American League.