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Thursday newsletter time: A day? Go ahead and take it, Corey Seager

(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

 

The sky appeared to fall on the Rangers in the second inning Wednesday night, when the Rangers saw Corey Seager grab his left hamstring as he ran to first base after an RBI single.

They didn’t immediately take him out of the game, but it didn’t take long until the All-Star shortstop headed to the dugout and into the training room. It sure looked like he would be the latest player to head to the injured list.

No Seager and no Josh Jung? Yikes.

Manager Bruce Bochy, though, delivered good news after the Rangers’ 9-1 victory over the Tigers.

“We’re just being cautious,” Bochy said. “We’ll see where we’re at after the day off. We don’t think it’s anything serious, but we just wanted to get him off his legs. He might need another day. We don’t know yet.”

A day? Shoot, that’s a victory.

The Rangers are off today before opening a three-game series Friday against the Giants. They are off again Monday before heading on a six-game road trip against the Dodgers and Mariners, so the schedule will be doing Seager a favor. He might have to DH for a few days, but … great.

Seager not leaving the game immediately might have been a clue that he wasn’t hurt too badly. He didn’t limp coming off the field. None of his potential replacements at Triple A Round Rock left the Express’ game at Oklahoma City, another potential tip-off that Seager was OK.

Seager is the Rangers’ best player and has been heating up at the plate in a lineup that is having trouble scoring runs. After batting .208 in April with two home runs, Seager is up to .271 with 13 home runs.

And, barring something wonky happening overnight, Seager is going to play this weekend.

Whew.

Ureña deals

Jon Gray is expected back from the injured list soon, possibly this weekend, and one of the Rangers’ five current starters will have to go to the bullpen.

If Jose Ureña is the choice, he will leave the rotation after his best start of the season.

The right-hander retired the first 15 batters he faced, and all he allowed in 6 2/3 innings was a home run to start the sixth and a two-out walk in the seventh. Ureña struck out six.

“We know we’ve got some guys coming, so we’ll have to figure out what we’re going to do,” Bochy said. “With the way they’re all throwing the ball, there’s going to be some tough decisions.”

Aside from his outing Friday at Miami, when he lasted only 2 1/3 innings, Ureña has been a pleasant surprise while filling in for various injured starting pitchers.

The Rangers have not named starters for Saturday and Sunday. Nathan Eovaldi would be on normal rest Saturday, but the Rangers could also honor the off day and start him Sunday. That would push Gray into next week.

Lowe vs. lefties

The Tigers didn’t pull a fast one on the Rangers, but they saw right-handed starter Kenta Maeda leave the game after only two pitches and had to bring in left-hander Joey Wentz.

The Rangers, who stacked their lineup with left-handed hitters, might have been in trouble.

But the lefty-hitting Seager and Josh Smith produced key hits, with Smith finishing a triple shy of the cycle. First baseman Nathaniel Lowe also had a nice game.

He walked against Wentz in the first and singled against him in the third. He then added an RBI single against left-hander Andrew Chafin in the eighth.

Lowe was out of the lineup for three straight games Saturday through Monday against lefty starters even though he has traditionally been good against southpaws. He entered Wednesday batting .272 against them, the same average he had against right-handers.

However, Lowe batted only .223 against lefties last season and was at .250 this season when Bochy drew up the lineup cards Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Maybe Bochy won’t sit Lowe against lefties any longer.

ICYMI …

The Rangers Today trip to Round Rock wasn’t just an opportunity to do a podcast. There was news at Dell Diamond, just as there has been news the past three days at Globe Life Field. To see what the podcast did over the weekend, check out our YouTube channel. To see what has been written the past few days, click the links below in case you missed it (and get full website access here).

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Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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2 Comments

  1. Monty W June 6, 2024

    As the self appointed president of the Jose Ureña fan club. I’m very proud of the work he’s done this season. The Marlins start aside, he’s been one of the best pickups of the offseason.

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    1. Jeff Wilson June 7, 2024

      Love it

      Reply

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