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Chirinos Not Really Missed Lately

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    Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros is tagged out by Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning attempting to score at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

    The catching duo of Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson have played a combined 17 games since starting catcher Robinson Chirinos hit the disabled list with a sore shoulder.

    Chirinos has established himself as the Rangers' starter behind the plate, but so far, he hasn't been missed too badly, thanks to a shockingly good performance from Gimenez and Wilson.

    In Chirinos' absence, the duo is a combined 14-for-48 with six doubles, two homers (both for Gimenez) and 13 RBIs.

    Chirinos took batting practice recently and suffered a setback to his left shoulder, adding that the defense is fine but it's the swinging the bat that is painful.

    "I want to be on the field helping the team win, so sitting on the bench is not any fun," Chirinos told MLB.com. "Hopefully Tuesday it will be good enough to start swinging."

    At this point, it appears Chirinos won't be able to return until at least the beginning of September, meaning the Rangers are hoping that Wilson and Gimenez can keep their good performance going for a little bit longer.