Bautista-bel­ter Odor back in Texas lineup

SundayXtra - - BASEBALL -

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Rougned Odor was back in the Texas Rangers’ lineup Satur­day night af­ter fin­ish­ing his seven-game sus­pen­sion for punch­ing Jose Bautista.

Odor was bat­ting fifth and at sec­ond base for the Rangers against Seat­tle af­ter be­ing re­in­stated from the sus­pended list.

“It was dif­fi­cult. I was in my house watch­ing the game on my TV, and it was re­ally hard for me,” Odor said. “I’m just happy to be with my team again.”

Ma­jor League Baseball pe­nal­ized Odor for slug­ging Bautista May 15 in a testy game against Toronto.

Texas also re­called right-handed re­liever Tom Wil­helm­sen from TripleA Round Rock and op­tioned in­fielder Hanser Al­berto to that mi­nor league team.

Jurick­son Pro­far hit safely in all seven games filling in as the start­ing sec­ond base­man in Odor’s ab­sence. Pro­far re­mained in the lead­off spot against the Mariners as the des­ig­nated hit­ter, pro­vid­ing a break for strug­gling Prince Fielder.

Rougned Odor

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