The Texas Rangers are having some problems on their roster less than a week after the latest injury to starting catcher Robinson Chirinos. According to MLB rumors from Texas, the Rangers will likely look at the trade market to find their replacement catcher.
Chirinos suffered a broken right forearm on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, per ESPN. He is scheduled to miss 10 to 12 weeks and will be placed on the 60-day disabled list.
“Obviously a blow to us, but this is the kind of thing that galvanizes this group. They pull together and play with a little more fever and passion. We knew Robby was hurting, but he wanted to give it a shot. But we knew it was a little more serious than what he and the trainer thought in the beginning,” Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said.
Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers have Bryan Holaday as the backup. Other catchers on their 40-man roster include Chris Gimenez, but he hasn’t caught in two weeks due to a bacterial infection.
Michael McKenry and Brett Nicholas are catching options from the minors. However, McKenry is currently recovering from an abdominal strain while Nicholas has no major league experience.
As mentioned in a previous report about MLB rumors, the Rangers have linked with two big name catchers this offseason. Texas was rumored to have discussed trading for the San Diego Padres’ Derek Norris and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy.
However, the Padres and Brewers wanted more than the Rangers could offer. Texas traded one of their prized catching prospects when they acquired Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies last season.
As of the moment, MLB rumors their catchers will haunt the Rangers. Nonetheless, Texas manager Jeff Bannister will be working on options available internally.
“We’ve got a good start with Holaday here. We are working through all of our other options right now. We’ve got limited, but multiple options,” Bannister told Dallas Morning News.
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