Texas Rangers Player News: All Positions

News: Cabrera is not in Sunday's lineup against the Astros.
Impact: He is hitting .250 with one home run in 24 at-bats since the All-Star break. Logan Forsythe will start at third base and hit seventh.
News: Pence is not in Sunday's lineup against the Astros.
Impact: He admitted this weekend that he is still not 100 percent healthy since returning from the injured list after missing 23 games with a groin injury. Pence has been getting his starts at designated hitter in an effort to avoid the physical strain of playing the field. Shin-Soo Choo is starting at DH and leading off.
News: Pence said he's still not 100 percent after missing 23 games with a groin injury, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Pence has played DH in the four games since his return from the injured list, and that may continue as he re-acclimates following his absence. He said the groin is improving as the Rangers kicked off a series with the Astros on Friday. "I haven't been able to run that fast until yesterday," Pence said Saturday. "It's still not 100 percent, but it was a lot better. The fact that it's getting better as I play, that's a good place to be."
News: Rangers manager Chris Woodward mentioned Payano as an option to start Tuesday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Rangers' rotation plans changed when it was announced that Joe Palumbo came down with tendinitis in his right ankle. Palumbo had been scheduled to start Monday with Adrian Sampson going Tuesday, but the injury pushes Sampson up a day and makes Tuesday to be determined. Payano was up with the Rangers just before the All-Star break and pitched an inning of relief before heading back to Triple-A Nashville. The Rangers may deploy an opener Tuesday and use Payano for the second inning and beyond. The right-hander has a 4.40 ERA over 16 appearances at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville.
News: Choo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Astros.
Impact: His fourth-inning shot off Jose Urquidy was all the offense the Rangers could manage on the night. Choo is now slashing .284/.383/.500 with 16 homers, eight steals, 39 RBI and 63 runs over 92 games.
News: Jurado (5-6) took the loss Saturday, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings while striking out four as the Rangers fell 5-1 to the Astros.
Impact: Five of the eight hits off Jurado went for extra bases, including a three-run homer by Yuli Gurriel that effectively chased him from the game. The 23-year-old right-hander will carry a 4.92 ERA and 55:23 K:BB through 75 innings into his next start Thursday in Oakland.
News: Sampson is set to rejoin the rotation to start Monday's series opener against the Mariners, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: After opening the second half as a member of the bullpen, Sampson was initially scheduled to rejoin the rotation when a fifth starter was first needed Tuesday. However, after Joe Palumbo (ankle) developed tendinitis coming out of a recent simulated game, Sampson will instead be pushed up a day in the pitching order. Sampson is expected to match up with Seattle's Marco Gonzales in what will be the right-hander's first start since July 5.
News: Palumbo developed tendinitis in his right ankle coming out of a recent simulated game and won't be called up from Triple-A Nashville to start Monday's game against the Mariners, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: With the Rangers announcing Friday that Jesse Chavez would move into the bullpen, Palumbo was in line to rejoin the rotation as Texas' fifth starter this week. Those plans will be put on hold while Palumbo remains shut down with the injury, with the Rangers having yet to name a replacement for him. Adrian Sampson will be moved up a day in the pitching schedule to start Monday's series opener, but the Rangers will have to break in a new fifth starter beginning Tuesday.
News: Mazara is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.
Impact: Hunter Pence's recent return from the injured list coupled with Danny Santana's continued offensive surge has had a negative impact on Mazara's playing time. While he still appears to be locked into at least a near-everyday role, Mazara nonetheless finds himself on the bench for the second time in three games.
News: Mathis is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.
Impact: Manager Chris Woodward has had Mathis and Tim Federowicz alternate turns behind the plate in every game since July 2, making the Texas catching situation a true timeshare. As has been the case throughout his career, Mathis has offered little in the way of offensive production, batting just .157 with two home runs in 171 plate appearances.
News: The Rangers activated Kiner-Falefa (finger) from the 10-day injured list Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kiner-Falefa is no longer bothered by the sprained ligament in his right middle finger that kept him on the shelf since early June, but the Rangers aren't eager to bring him onto the big-league roster in a part-time role. As Grant notes, continuing to play in the minors will allow Kiner-Falefa to receive steady at-bats and starts behind the plate, with some action at third base mixed in as well. Expect Kiner-Falefa to rejoin the Rangers at some point after the July 31 trade deadline.
News: Santana started in left field and went 3-for-5 with a double in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Astros.
Impact: Santana is blistering hot at the plate, hitting safely in seven consecutive starts with multi-hit efforts in six of those games. He's batting .548 (17-for-31) with eight extra-base hits during that stretch, and his four home runs since the All-Star break is tied for tops in MLB. He's accomplished this while starting at multiple positions: left field, center field, third base, second base and first base.
News: The Rangers intend to recall Palumbo from Triple-A Nashville to start Monday's game against the Mariners, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Palumbo will re-enter the Texas rotation as a replacement for Jesse Chavez, who was banished to the bullpen after a string of poor outings. Monday's start will represent the fourth appearance at the big-league level this season for Palumbo, who has yielded 11 earned runs over nine innings. The lefty turned in his best outing to date in his last outing with Texas on July 7 at Minnesota, where he covered three shutout innings in relief.
News: Odor went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Astros.
Impact: As per usual for the second baseman, he also fanned twice. Odor now has 14 homers on the year, including four in July, but his .193/.255/.400 slash line and career-worst 33.2 percent strikeout rate make him tough to roster outside of deep mixed and AL-only fantasy formats.
News: Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a stolen base in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Astros.
Impact: The homer was Cabrera's 12th of the year but his first since June 19, while the steal was only his fourth in 2019. The veteran infielder continues to hold down the starting spot at third base despite a .231/.319/.400 slash line, but the Rangers may be about to reduce his workload considerably and give Danny Santana a look at the hot corner.
News: Minor (8-5) struck out 10 but took the loss Friday as the Rangers fell 4-3 to the Astros. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings.
Impact: All four runs against the lefty came off Houston solo homers, including a back-to-back-to-back set in the third inning, so Minor actually did well to limit the damage as much as he did. The loss was his first since May 30, while the double-digit-strikeout performance was his third of the year. Minor will take a 2.86 ERA and 131:45 K:BB through 129 innings into his next outing Wednesday in Seattle.