May 16: The Rangers have now formally announced that Gomez is on the 10-day disabled list. They’ve selected Hoying’s contract from Triple-A Round Rock and transferred infielder Hanser Alberto from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL in a pair of corresponding moves.
The 27-year-old Hoying appeared in 39 games with the Rangers last year but saw just 49 plate appearances and batted .217/.265/.261. Hoying has a respectable, if unspectacular minor league track record, though, and had logged a .242/.336/.477 batting line in Triple-A to open the year. That .812 OPS is a near-mirror image of the .810 mark he logged in 100 Triple-A contests last season.
Alberto has been on the disabled list since Opening Day due to tightness in his right shoulder and is now ineligible to return until at least June 1.
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May 15: The Rangers have placed center fielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain that will sideline him for the next four to six weeks, the team announced on Monday. A corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow.
Signed to a one-year, $11.5MM contract this offseason after a stellar September run with the Rangers last year, Gomez got off to a slow start to his 2017 season. However, the 31-year-old had come to life at the plate in recent weeks, slashing an outstanding .315/.397/.519 with six doubles, a triple, a home run and three stolen bases over the life of his past 15 games.
With Gomez on the shelf the Rangers can shift Delino DeShields Jr. to center field and once again try out a platoon of Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar in left field, though that’s merely one of several options they’re likely considering. Texas is thin on upper-level outfield depth on the 40-man roster, though Travis Snider and Jared Hoying represent non-40-man outfielders that are on the Triple-A roster and come with big league experience.
An absence of four to six weeks is a blow to the earning power of Gomez, who had hoped to rebound from a down year in 2016 and re-enter the open market this coming offseason in search of a multi-year deal. However, if he’s able to maintain the majority of the production he was beginning to show prior to his injury upon returning, he’s still young enough and talented enough that a sizable multi-year offer could await him in his next foray into free agency.