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Rios Injury Clouds Trade Prospects

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TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 19: Alex Rios #51 of the Texas Rangers exits the game after suffering a leg injury in the first inning as he is led away by manager Ron Washington #38 and trainer Kevin Harmon during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 19, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Alex Rios is just the latest of a long, long line of Rangers players to suffer injuries this season.

On Friday, in his first at-bat in Toronto, Rios took an awkward swing and sprained his ankle, forcing him to leave the game. X-rays were negative, as was the impact on the Rangers' possible hopes of dealing their right fielder.

Rios, who has a pretty affordable club option in 2015, shares the team lead in games played this season and has been the team's second-best offensive player over the course of the season behind Adrian Beltre.

Rios has a lot of value because of that option in the midst of one of his better offensive seasons, despite his lack of home runs. But that injury, if it lingers like ankle sprains can, could hamper the Rangers' plans to deal him.

So far this season, Rios is hitting .302 with four homers and 42 RBIs. He also leads the league with eight triples and has 16 stolen bases.

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