7/19/2014 6:55 P.M. ET
Rangers think Adduci can be helpful addition
By Chris Toman / Special to MLB.com
TORONTO -- Jim Adduci, who is 1-for-6 in two games in his current rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, could rejoin the Rangers after the club finishes its three-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
The Rangers want to get a good look at the 29-year-old Adduci, who is recovering from a fractured left pinkie finger. Adduci broke his finger in April, and he began a rehab assignment in June before re-breaking it, which delayed his recovery time.
Adduci played nine innings in back-to-back contests with the Express, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels doesn't believe he will need more than a handful of games to get his endurance back.
"I think a good chance in New York [for a four-game set against the Yankees] after the weekend," Daniels said about a possible return. "Kind of get him an extended run of at-bats. He has swung the bat well."
With first basemen Prince Fielder (neck surgery) and Mitch Moreland (left ankle surgery) both out for the season, coupled with Texas' struggling play -- the club entered Saturday's contest at 39-57, the worst record in baseball -- Adduci would have been a prime candidate to receive a majority of their at-bats.
But the hand injury cost him a look.
"We haven't had a chance to kind of give him an extended run," Daniels said. "These last couple of months would have been perfect for him. I would really like to see what he can do, but with the finger, he wasn't able to take advantage of it."
Adduci has appeared in nine games with the Rangers this season, hitting .462 (6-for-13) with a 1.077 OPS. The Canadian native made his Major League debut with Texas in 2013, batting .258/.324/.290 in 17 games.
Where Adduci fits in remains unclear after the Rangers purchased the contract of J.P. Arencibia from Round Rock on Thursday to play first base. The left-handed hitting Adduci could work himself into a platoon with Arencibia, who bats right-handed, and Adduci will likely see some time in the outfield to give starters Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin and Alex Rios a day off.
"He's going to play," Daniels said, "but it's up to [Rangers manager Ron] Washington. He can play first base, all three outfields spots, and maybe give Wash a chance to use the DH for some of the other guys. He's a guy we view as a little bit of a late bloomer. We are looking forward to seeing him get out there and seeing how he can do."
Rios day to day with sprained right ankle
TORONTO -- Alex Rios feared the worst when he awkwardly rolled his ankle on the follow-through of a swing in the first inning of Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays.
Luckily for the Rangers, their right fielder dodged a bullet.
Rios is listed as day to day with a sprained right ankle; X-rays came back negative.
"I was hoping that it wasn't broken," Rios said. "It happens every once in a while, but this time it was a good one. It's swollen up and sore, but hopefully it gets better soon and I can get back to playing."
Rios was forced to leave the game when he rolled the ankle after fouling back a first-pitch offering from Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. The 33-year-old Rios caught his cleat on the clay in the batter's box, and he immediately grimaced as the ball went out of play.
Rangers manager Ron Washington and a team trainer came out to check on Rios, and following a brief conversation, he was pulled from the contest.
"My foot got caught and my weight shifted to the outside of my ankle," Rios said.
Washington doesn't appear to be too concerned about Rios' recovery time, but he intends to keep him off the Rogers Centre artificial surface for Sunday's series finale, regardless of how well he feels.
"Right now, he's day to day," the skipper said. "Nothing is torn or anything. We'll see how he is tomorrow and then make another decision.
"Hopefully, he'll be ready to go when we get to New York [for a four-game set starting Monday]."
Daniel Robertson replaced Rios and hit a two-out single to center field, but he was stranded on the bases after Adrian Beltre popped out in foul territory to end the inning.
Robertson remained in the game as the club's right fielder.
Rios is batting .302/.330/.435 on the season with four homers, eight triples and 16 stolen bases in 95 games.
• Washington said Choo, who has been the designated hitter over the first two games of the series, will sit Sunday. Adrian Beltre will get the start at DH for the series finale.
• Beltre moved up in the record books in Friday's series opener in Toronto. The 35-year-old played in his 2,283rd career game at third base, passing Gary Gaetti for third place all time. Brooks Robinson (2,870) and Craig Nettles (2,412) are the only third basemen who have played more games at the hot corner than Beltre.
In addition, Beltre's fifth-inning homer was the 390th of his career, which is the fifth most in Major League history among right-handed-hitting third basemen. Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt tops the list with 548.
• Arencibia became the eighth Ranger to start at first base this season when he made his Major League debut at the position on Friday. The eight first basemen Texas has started in 2014 is the most ever for the club in a season, surpassing the mark of seven, which the Rangers have reached four times, most recently in 2013.
Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.