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Rangers notes: Odor to miss game or two with fingernail injury

Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle in the second inning Tuesday. He left the game with a fingernail injury in the sixth.
Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle in the second inning Tuesday. He left the game with a fingernail injury in the sixth. AP

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor missed Wednesday’s game and could miss Thursday’s after the fingernail on his right middle finger was nearly ripped off in the sixth inning Tuesday night.

Odor caught the nail on the seams of a hard-hit ground ball. The nail was hanging on by a small piece of flesh.

Before Wednesday’s game Odor was wearing a protective splint to prevent him from bumping the finger. X-rays after the game were negative.

Odor is hitting .336 with 10 homers and 34 RBI since being recalled from Triple A Round Rock on June 15. His resurgence has been integral to the Rangers’ surge in the standings. Odor was hitting below .150 before being sent down in mid-May.

“It hurts a lot,” Odor said. “I feel much better today. I’ll have to throw a ball and see how I feel.”

He hopes to return to the lineup by Thursday or Friday. He was scheduled to have a follow-up exam before Wednesday’s game.

“Essentially, it’ll be to his pain tolerance of what he can do,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “It’s not a bone, it’s just a fingernail.”

The finger was wrapped before his at-bat in the sixth. He said the nail had already started to adhere to the finger and looked “normal” by the end of the game. But it’s still painful. He hasn’t yet tried to throw with the injury.

“I’ve played with taped fingers, not on my nail, but on my fingers,” he said. “I tried to keep playing. It was just too painful.”

Choo’s disrespect

Shin-Soo Choo must wonder whom he ticked off. Umpires don’t seem to respect his eye for the strike zone.

The Rangers outfielder struck out looking on a high pitch out of the strike zone with runners at second and third in the seventh inning Tuesday against Toronto. He shook his head in disbelief before walking back to the dugout.

It has been an all too frequent occurrence for Choo this season, who doesn’t seem to get the respect for knowing the strike zone as well as an 11-year veteran with a career batting average near .280 typically should.

Choo has been the unfortunate victim of a called third strike out of the strike zone 15 times this season, according to BaseballSavant.com. Only 21 other hitters have more in 2015. The Astros’ Colby Rasmus and the Rays’ Steve Souza are tied for the league with 24 strikeouts looking on pitches out of the zone.

It has been an unfortunate recent trend for Choo, who led the league with 31 strike-3 calls out of the zone in 2014. He was tied for third in the league with 22 in 2013.

Among Rangers, Delino DeShields is right behind Choo with 14 strikeouts on a called third strike out of the zone. DeShields is a rookie, however, so a little lack of respect comes with the territory.

Choo has struck out 117 times this season. His career-high was 151 in 2009 when he hit .300 with 20 homers.

He started 2015 in a deep slump, hitting .221 with 84 strikeouts in the first half. Since the All-Star break, however, Choo is hitting .314.

Choo was judicious about it after the 6-5 loss Tuesday night.

“That’s why I’m not looking at the replay,” he said, knowing he wouldn’t like what he saw. “I still respect the umpires.”

Choo thought the strike-3 call by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook was a tad late. More important, Choo said, the situation with much-needed insurance runs in scoring position made the call especially frustrating.

“I’m not a stat person, I tell you guys that all the time,” he said. “But that’s a really big situation for us. You call it outside the strike zone early in the count, it’s OK. But in that situation it can totally change the game.”

“But I respect the call,” Choo added.

Corporan, Blanks rehabbing

Catcher Carlos Corporan (strained left thumb) began a rehab assignment with Double A Frisco on Wednesday. Infielder Kyle Blanks (Achilles issues) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple A Round Rock in a couple days.

Left-hander claimed

Left-hander Chris Rearick, 27, was acquired on a waiver claim from the Padres and optioned to Round Rock. He made his major league debut in April but spent most of the season with Triple A El Paso.

San Diego designated him for assignment on Aug. 21.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

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