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Stiff neck takes Nomar Mazara out of Rangers' lineup

Nomar Mazara was out of the lineup for the first time Saturday with a stiff neck. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Mazara may be available off the bench after receiving treatment. Mazara felt the stiffness during his third at-bat Friday in Houston.
Nomar Mazara was out of the lineup for the first time Saturday with a stiff neck. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Mazara may be available off the bench after receiving treatment. Mazara felt the stiffness during his third at-bat Friday in Houston. AP Photo

Nomar Mazara was out of the Rangers' lineup Saturday with a stiff neck.

The right-fielder felt the stiffness during a swing in his third at-bat Friday night in Houston. He received treatment before Saturday's game and he's day to day.

Mazara started the first 15 games for Texas, including one as the designated hitter. Shin-Soo Choo was in the lineup in right for the 3 p.m. Saturday game against the Astros.

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"If we can get him to be a player off the bench for us today that will be a plus," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Right now, he’s not a player for us."

Banister said the stiffness was an issue in Mazara's last at-bat on Friday. Mazara is hitting .302 with a homer and two RBIs.

"It's gotten better, but it's tough to turn your head and see the ball," he said. "Hopefully, by game time tomorrow he’ll be good to go. He might be ready later on [Saturday]."

The Rangers have already lost three starting position players to injuries, who are no on the disabled list — short stop Elvis Andrus, second baseman Rougned Odor and center fielder Delino DeShields.

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