Monday May 11th, 2015

The Texas Rangers sent second baseman Rougned Odor to the minor leagues, the team announced Monday.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman previously reported the news, and earlier in the day, The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reported that Odor was likely headed for Triple A Round Rock.

In his second season, Odor is batting .144 with one home run, nine RBIs and a .486 OPS over 29 games. Over his last 58 at-bats, Odor has just seven hits. He was also benched in three of the Rangers' last five games. In the field, Odor has committed three errors.

Odor, 21, broke into the majors last season when he was called up last May. Over 114 games in 2014, he hit .259 with nine home runs, 48 RBIs and a .698 OPS.

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Grant's story on Monday detailed Odor's struggles at the plate:

Odor has seen 399 pitches this year, according to Brooksbaseball.net, 254 of them are outside the zone. He’s put swings on 90 of those pitches. Most troublesome is that he’s missed on 36 of those swings, a rate of 40 percent.

Prince Fielder warmed up pregame by squatting Rougned Odor

The Rangers entered Monday 13–18, 6 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West. Texas' lineup ranks 11th in the AL with 3.87 runs per game and last with a .224 team batting average.

The Rangers also purchased the contract of infielder Thomas Field from Round Rock.

Mike Fiammetta

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