Rangers outfielder Eli White will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a fracture in his right wrist, as Levi Weaver of the Athletic was among those to relay. He’ll be shut down from all baseball activities for at least six weeks, and he’ll assuredly be facing a lengthy rehab process even after he’s again able to begin ramping back up. White went on the 10-day injured list before tonight’s win over the Astros, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s transferred to the 60-day IL.
Playing center field during yesterday’s game against the White Sox, White collided with left fielder Charlie Culberson in pursuit of a Danny Mendick fly ball. He was in obvious pain and immediately departed the contest.
White has started just over half of Texas’ games this season, splitting his time virtually evenly between center and left field. He’s not offered much at the plate, carrying only a .200/.274/.305 slash with a massive 35% strikeout rate. The 27-year-old has made his share of highlight reel plays on the other side of the ball, though, and he ranks near the top of the league with the glove. Statcast has pegged White’s defense at six outs above average this year, a mark that’s tied with Cristian Pache for third among outfielders.
Originally an A’s draftee, White landed in Texas over the 2018-19 offseason in the deal that sent Jurickson Profar to the Bay Area. He’s appeared in each of the past three seasons, tallying a personal-high 220 plate appearances last year. Texas recalled Leody Taveras to take White’s spot on the active roster, and he’ll add another center field option behind Adolis García and corner players Kole Calhoun and Brad Miller.
This is a shame. White is fun to watch play. If he ever figures out hitting, he’ll be a star. He does everything else really well. Get well quickly Eli.
If Tavares can figure out how to get on base he’d be a dynamic option too…
Shame he’s hurt. He made some acrobatic plays against Cleveland last week. Robbed many extra base hits for sure!
Dumpster Divin Theo
Rangers have a lot of young gifted players flying around. Preview of that in the spirited comebacks against the White Sox and Astros and some lockdown arms. Future’s bright.
Hope this kid gets well soon and figures out the hitting part. Could make a helluva leadoff hitter in future, if he does