By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on May 23, 2014
The injuries have been piling up around MLB this season and no team has been hit harder than the Texas Rangers. The news got worse for the Rangers on Thursday, when they found out that first baseman Prince Fielder is going to be out for the remainder of the season. With all the injuries the Rangers have suffered, many believe this season is a lost cause. These five players are the only positive things going for Texas at the moment.
Elvis Andrus is not having a great season so far and for the Rangers to contend that must change. With Andrus, it is not just about the numbers he puts up. Part of his value is he keeps everyone loose on the field. Texas must find a way to stay positive during this tough stretch and a key to that is Andrus.
Alex Rios is one of only two regulars who are hitting over .300 this season. Rios is also an above average right fielder. If anything were to happen to him, the Rangers would have a hard time replacing both his bat and his glove.
Shin-Soo Choo has been everything the Rangers could hope for so far. Choo is batting .310 with an on base percentage of .436. He also leads the team in home runs. Texas absolutely cannot afford to lose Choo.
The Rangers have already lost Beltre for a couple of weeks, but they can’t afford to lose him long term. Beltre has not heated up yet, but you know he will eventually. Beltre is the only Ranger who can carry this team on his back. He is the best hitter on the team and arguably the best defensive player as well.
The Rangers have had numerous injuries to their pitching staff, but there is one pitcher who is healthy and must remain that way. Yu Darvish gives the Rangers a chance to win every fifth day, despite what else is going on.
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