Odor, Sardinas to share second base

Odor, Sardinas to share second base

DETROIT -- The Rangers were hoping second baseman Jurickson Profar would be ready by early June. Instead he is likely to miss most -- if not all -- of the rest of the season after re-injuring the muscle in his right shoulder.

That means rookie infielders Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas aren't going anywhere. Manager Ron Washington said they will continue to share second base. Odor will likely play more because he is a left-handed hitter but Washington said Sardinas, a switch-hitter, will play there as well.

"Those kids are not afraid to play," Washington said. "They are going to have some growing pains, but we're going to make them better."

Odor started on Friday night and went into the game with five hits in 28 at-bats (.179) since being called up from Double-A Frisco. Sardinas was 6-for-21 (.286).

"I don't think they look overmatched," Washington said. "There are some adjustments they are going to have to make. Every pitcher they face is new. All they know is what they have been told, seen or read. They have to make adjustments based on how they pitch. They have to go out and believe in themselves because we believe in them. That's why we're putting them out there."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.