Player Notes - Texas and Minnesota
Texas
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Alex RiosRFRangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, according to mlb.com.Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and will miss his third straight game Tuesday, but he tested his ankle prior to Tuesday's game and says he felt good.7/22/2014 8:34:00 PM
Geovany SotoCRangers catcher Geovany Soto is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees after leaving Monday's game due to a groin injury.Soto has spent almost all of this season on the DL with a knee injury. 7/22/2014 9:46:00 AM
Jake SmolinskiLFTexas outfielder Jake Smolinski is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees due to a bruised left foot.The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A, but is batting .389 through his first 11 games. The injury bug continues to plague the Rangers.7/22/2014 9:43:00 AM
Alex RiosRFRangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) was not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays and is expected to miss Monday's game against the NY Yankees.Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night. He's batting .310 in July.7/21/2014 10:51:00 AM
Elvis AndrusSSRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has hit .105 in his career against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.Andrus has gone 2-for-19 against Buehrle. The veteran lefty is on the mound Sunday, so steer clear of the Rangers shortstop.7/20/2014 12:26:00 PM
Alex RiosRFRangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays.Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and is day-to-day. With a .179 career average (5-for-28) against Sunday's starter Mark Buehrle, he wouldn't have been a good fantasy option anyway.7/20/2014 12:25:00 PM
ColdShin-Soo ChooLFRangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo has gone 0-for-17 in his last five games and 10-for-63 (.159) since June 29, so he's not a good option Sunday even though he has great numbers against Toronto's Mark Buehrle. Choo's career OPS against lefties is 224 points below his OPS against righties, but he's 15-for-36 (.417) with a double, a triple and a homer against Buehrle. Choo's hitless stretch has his average down to .236 for the season.7/20/2014 12:18:00 PM
Alex RiosRFRangers right fielder Alex Rios left Saturday's game in the first inning after injuring his ankle on a foul ball.Rios has batted at least .310 in every month except June. He's putting together a solid stat line - .302, 4 HR, 42 RBI, 41 runs, 16 steals. This doesn't appear to be more than a day-to-day injury.7/19/2014 1:44:00 PM
HotAdrian Beltre3BRangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday at Toronto.Beltre has batted .362 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs, 47 RBI and 43 runs over his last 66 games. He leads the AL with a .337 average.7/18/2014 10:09:00 PM
Yu DarvishSPRangers starter Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters over 6 2/3 innings Friday at Toronto.Darvish gave up one run on five hits to get his ninth win. The right-hander has a 2.88 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 154 Ks in 122 innings this season, so he's been exactly what fantasy owners expected.7/18/2014 10:06:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
ColdDanny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana just off the DL suffered through a horrible night going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.Santana had been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He's 1-for-9 in the two games since he's returned. Bench him until he starts to get back into the swing of things.7/19/2014 11:30:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.Santana has been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He'll return to a .328 average, two homers, 16 RBI, six steals and an .814 OPS, though his production has been assisted by a .400 BABIP.7/18/2014 5:20:00 PM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with a double, two homers and four RBI Sunday at Colorado.Dozier didn't make the All-Star team because the American League second-base field is so deep, but he has a strong case. He's hit just .242 but has 18 homers, 45 RBI, 69 runs and 16 steals. AL captain Jose Bautista picked Dozier to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.7/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCTwins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Tyler Matzek and the Colorado Rockies.Suzuki is a .300 hitting catcher that almost no one is talking about. He's batting .306 with 18 doubles, two homers, 35 RBI, 25 runs and a .756 OPS.7/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) will not play again prior to the All-Star break, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.Santana will need a rehab assignment before returning. He's batted .328 with 10 doubles, two homers and six steals in 134 at-bats this season.7/9/2014 8:25:00 PM
Miguel Sano3BTwins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) will not play in the Arizona Fall League but could get some action in winter ball, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.Sano underwent Tommy John surgery in March. The 21-year-old third baseman already has 90 home runs in 1,375 minor league at-bats. Baseball America ranked Sano as the No. 6 prospect in baseball prior to this season.7/8/2014 8:42:00 PM
ColdRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco's MRI ruled out UCL damage and revealed flexor pronator stiffness on the opposite side of his elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Pres.He's out indefinitely but this is good news for him because he won't need Tommy John surgery. Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.7/8/2014 7:22:00 PM
ColdRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco has been placed on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.7/8/2014 6:24:00 PM
ColdRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco is dealing with soreness in his right elbow and will undergo an MRI, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.7/7/2014 9:31:00 PM
ColdJosh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham is struggling to find his swing, batting just .147 over the past four weeks and faces a pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma that has had his number.Willingham is 0-for-8 against Iwakuma and has collected just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.7/7/2014 11:40:00 AM