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 Latest Texas Rangers Player Notes:

Dec 19 2017 - Martin Perez
  LHP Martin Perez of the Texas Rangers is expected to miss the start of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his non-pitching elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Diliberti in Dallas, with Perez expected to be able to start throwing in three to four weeks, the team announced. Perez is in line to be sidelined from game action for approximately four months, which would be a few weeks into the season. The 26-year-old Perez sustained the injury last week following a fall at his ranch in Venezuela, the team announced. The Dallas Morning News reported that the incident involved a bull that startled Perez, causing him to fall on his right elbow. Perez posted a 13-12 mark with a 4.82 ERA in 32 starts last season.


Oct 1 2017 - Nomar Mazara
  OF Nomar Mazara collected a two-run single in the eighth inning to give him 101 RBIs. He is just the second Texas player since 2013 to have a 100-RBI season, joining Adrian Beltre from 2016. Only five Texas players have had 100-RBI seasons since 2007. Mazara would rather be in the playoffs than have 100 RBIs. "That's what we're going to play for, play to win it all," he said. "But we've got some talent in here, looking forward to next season and try to learn from this season."


Oct 1 2017 - Elvis Andrus
  SS Elvis Andrus went 1-for-3 and fell three points shy in his bid for consecutive .300 seasons. Texas batted Andrus in the leadoff spot to give him a chance at .300, but he was hitless in his first two at-bats. He subsequently singled, then was lifted for a pinch hitter. Andrus finished with career highs in home runs (20), RBIs (88) and runs (100).


Oct 1 2017 - Adrian Beltre
  3B Adrian Beltre went 1-for-2, breaking up Daniel Mengden's perfect game bid with a leadoff single in the fifth. Beltre exited for the pinch runner. He finished the season with 3,048 career hits and will start 2018 five hits behind Rod Carew for a share of the 25th spot all time. Beltre was limited to 94 games this year. "I wanted to come out and play a couple of innings and go home knowing I finished on the field," he said.


Oct 1 2017 - Cole Hamels
  LHP Cole Hamels allowed three runs on five hits in three innings and took the loss Sunday against Oakland. It was the second straight home loss for Hamels, who had an eight-game home winning streak before falling to Houston on Sept. 26. Hamels threw just 148 innings this year, his fewest in the majors since his rookie season of 2006, when he threw 132 1/3 innings.


Oct 1 2017 - Rougned Odor
  2B Rougned Odor, who went 0-for-3 on Sunday, played in all 162 games this year, one of just five major league players to do that this season. Odor is just the 10th Texas player to play in every game of the season and the first since Michael Young and Mark Teixeira each played in 162 games in 2006.


Oct 1 2017 - Alex Claudio
  LHP Alex Claudio, who did not pitch in Texas' 8-4 victory over Oakland on Saturday, will enter play Sunday with 11 saves. If he stays there, it would mark the fewest number of saves for a Texas saves leader since Greg Harris had 11 in 1985. Closer is one spot the Rangers have to figure out for a bullpen that needs an overhaul. Claudio will be a part of the staff next, but what in what role? Hard to say. "Right now, Claudio has performed (well) as our closer," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Every year is a new year. Some things are static and some things have a possibility of changing."


Oct 1 2017 - Willie Calhoun
  OF Willie Calhoun has hit safely in his past four games and had a run-scoring single in Texas' 8-4 victory over Oakland on Saturday. Calhoun, acquired in the Yu Darvish trade, is 7-for-14 in his last four games and has reached in nine of his last 17 plate appearances.


Oct 1 2017 - Joey Gallo
  1B Joey Gallo hit two home runs, his 40th and 41st of the season, in the Rangers' 8-4 victory over Oakland on Saturday. Gallo goes into the final day of the season one back of Oakland's Khris Davis for second in the AL. Gallo has slowed down the stretch, hitting only two homers since Sept. 1 entering play. "Obviously I got close and down the stretch I was like, 'Man if I don't hit one, I'm gonna be pretty upset at myself,'" he said. "Today was kind of a little relief off my shoulders ... how far I've come."


Oct 1 2017 - Andrew Cashner
  RHP Andrew Cashner (11-11) earned the victory in Texas' 8-4 win over Oakland on Saturday. In his last start of the season -- and as a pending free agent perhaps his last with Texas -- Cashner threw six innings, giving up two runs -- both in the sixth -- on five hits and two walks while striking out two. He finished the season with a 3.40 ERA, the second-lowest qualifying figure by a Rangers pitcher in the past four seasons. "I think it's been a great year for me," Cashner said. "I don't know, it's kind of overwhelming to soak it all in. I think I was consistent every day as a teammate, as a player, went out there and giving it all I had every day."


Sep 30 2017 - Shin-Soo Choo
  OF Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer to left-center in the fifth inning, his 22nd of the season. The 22 homers match a career high for Choo, who also hit 22 in 2010 with Cincinnati and 2015 with the Rangers. Choo came into the game 1 for his last 13 but walked in his first two at-bats before homering.


Sep 30 2017 - Elvis Andrus
  SS Elvis Andrus doubled in the first inning, giving him 250 for his career, and came around to score on a Nomar Mazara two-run single. That was the 100th run scored for Andrus this year, a career high. He also joins Ian Desmond (2016) as the only Texas players to score at least 100 runs since 2013. The double also gave Andrus 300 total bases for the first time in a season. He's just the third Texas shortstop to do that, joining Michael Young and Alex Rodriguez.


Sep 30 2017 - Willie Calhoun
  OF Willie Calhoun had his second multi-hit game in his last three starts as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI single. Calhoun was limited to pinch-hitting duties while the Rangers were in the playoff race, but he's 6-for-10 over the last three starts with a homer and two RBIs. Calhoun has reached safely in seven of his last 11 plate appearances. "I'm just trying to put together good swings," Calhoun said.


Sep 30 2017 - Martin Perez
  LHP Martin Perez put together his eighth quality start in his last 11 outings as he allowed three runs in six innings. Perez was 8-2 with a 3.71 ERA over that 11-game stretch. He set the tone Friday by retiring 17 of the first 21 batters he faced. "Early on pounding the strike zone, using the curveball, slider to get back into counts," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "He built tonight onto what he's done in the second half. He has been as good a pitcher as we've had in the second half, really making a statement for himself."


Sep 30 2017 - Alex Claudio
  LHP Alex Claudio notched his 11th save by continuing a torrid September run. Claudio struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth and now has a 1.59 ERA in 11 September outings.


Sep 29 2017 - Rougned Odor
  2B Rougned Odor wasn't in the starting lineup Thursday but did pinch hit in the eighth inning, grounding out to second. He's now played in all 160 games this season. Texas manager Jeff Banister said Odor would play in games Saturday and Sunday, too. He'd be the first Texas player to play in all 162 games since Michael Young and Mark Teixeira each played in every game in 2006. "That was one of my goals," Odor said of playing every day.


Sep 29 2017 - Miguel Gonzalez
  RHP Miguel Gonzalez allowed three runs in six innings and took the loss. Gonzalez, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in an Aug. 31 trade, finished his season with the Rangers 1-3 in five starts. He went 1-2 with a 2.65 ERA over his last three starts and enjoyed his time with Texas. "I love it," he said. "It's a great clubhouse. I had a great time. It doesn't mean I might not come back, but it all depends on what happens in the offseason. I'm not thinking about it right now, but I had a blast."


Sep 29 2017 - Drew Robinson
  2B Drew Robinson accounted for the lone Texas run with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Robinson now has hits and RBIs in three straight games. It's the longest RBI streak of his career and the second-longest hitting streak. Robinson has three of the six Texas RBIs over the last three games.


Sep 29 2017 - Alex Claudio
  RHP Alex Claudio continued his strong finish to the season by working a scoreless ninth. In 10 1/3 innings this month, Claudio has allowed two runs and dropped his ERA from 2.65 to 2.53.


Sep 27 2017 - Cole Hamels
  LHP Cole Hamels lost Tuesday for the first time in six starts against Houston since joining the Rangers. Hamels fell to 11-5 and was knocked out before he could record an out in the fourth. He allowed six runs on six hits and four walks. It was his second-shortest start as a Ranger.


Sep 27 2017 - Nick Martinez
  RHP Nick Martinez (3-7, 5.42) is likely making his 18th and final start of the season. He is 0-3 over his last four starts with a 4.63 ERA and a .230/.264/.425/.689 opponent slash line in that span. Martinez has gone 3-3 with a 3.28 ERA in his career against Houston in 11 games, with seven starts. He's is 0-2 with a 4.58 ERA this season against the Astros, including a loss Aug. 31 in the series finale against Houston in a game relocated to Tampa Bay.


Sep 27 2017 - Delino DeShields Jr.
  OF Delino DeShields had an inside-the-park home run in the sixth and scored twice in Tuesday's 14-3 loss to Houston. It was his first career inside-the-park homer.


Sep 27 2017 - Adrian Beltre
  3B Adrian Beltre returned to the field for the first time since being on disabled list from Sept. 1-11 with a strained hamstring. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.


Sep 26 2017 - Delino DeShields Jr.
  OF Delino DeShields addressed the national discourse regarding the national anthem and comments made recently by President Trump, and the role professional athletes can take. "It's about others who aren't as privileged, not given the opportunity we've been given," he said. "They go through stuff like that on a daily basis. It's more so giving people in the inner cities, minorities a voice who can speak for them. With the platform we've been given as athletes, it's a great opportunity to give people that voice."


Sep 26 2017 - Rougned Odor
  2B Rougned Odor walked three times for the first time in his career Monday night. He has five walks in the last three games. "It's obviously been a little more selective in what he swings at, and obviously if he can do that, it's going to force pitchers to throw balls in the strike zone to him, and not out of the strike zone," manager Jeff Banister said. "Something that we've talked to Rougie about all year long, and obviously you see it in play, I like the fact that he's drawing some walks. Next step is when, stay on his pitch when he gets a pitch to drive, he generally drives it very well."