Rougned Odor couldn’t find the right English word Tuesday to describe how he felt when he was demoted by the Texas Rangers a day earlier, so he used the Spanish word triste.
But not angry. Odor was expecting the move, and isn’t moping around Dell Diamond in Round Rock. In fact, general manager Jon Daniels said that Odor was the first player to the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon.
Odor knows what he must do: swing at better pitches and get some swagger back.
“I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches,” said Odor, who was batting .144 at the time of his demotion. “I’m going to work on my strike zone and swing at good pitches. I’m going to work on my routine, my defense and my approach, and when I feel good again, they’re going to bring me back up.”
Odor had never played at Triple A before his start Tuesday. He was at Double A Frisco when promoted to the majors last May at age 20. He’s still an inexperienced player, even though logged more than 400 at-bats last season.
But he also has some edginess to him when he’s right, and that has been missing
“He got there at 20 years old with 60 games above A ball because he plays when an edge and a competitiveness and little bit of an attitude that not everyone has,” Daniels said. “With struggle, sometimes you lose that. “
Odor’s ready to put in the work needed to get back to the majors.
“I don’t want to be mad,” he said. “If I’m mad, I’ll block myself. I want to take everything positive and get better.”
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