Rios done for season due to bruised thumb

Rios done for season due to bruised thumb

ANAHEIM -- Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will not play again this season. Rios has been dealing with a badly bruised right thumb for the second half of the season and it has not improved to the point where he feels he can play.

The thumb has also been at risk for infection and that has compounded the issue.

"I have decided there is no value to go out and play anymore," Rios said. "My main focus is getting healthy and go into the offseason, start my workouts and play at a high level again next year."

Rios has been traveling with the Rangers this week and trying to see if the thumb would improve to the point where he could play. That has not happened.

"I think it's the right thing for him," Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar said. "There is no need to rush him back and try and play in a few games. I don't see any benefit to it."

Rios has not played since Sept. 4. He finishes the season batting .280 with four home runs, 54 RBIs and a .398 slugging percentage. The Rangers hold a $14 million option on Rios for 2015 but are expected to decline the option and pay the $1 million buyout so they can move Shin-Soo Choo to right field and use the money on pitching.

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.