ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 18: Alex Rios #51 of the Texas Rangers slides into home plate against Tyler Flowers #21 of the Chicago White Sox to score in the bottom of the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers have had more than their fair share of injury problems this season, a fact that has been well-documented as the Rangers are nearing a big-league record for games lost by starters to injury over the course of a season, and there's still more than 60 games remaining.
The past two games have fallen under that category in regards to Alex Rios, who's been the Rangers' second-best offensive player this year with his .304 batting average and league-leading eight triples to go with 42 RBIs.
On Saturday, Rios injured his ankle when he swung at a pitch and had his cleats catch on a big hunk of dirt around home plate, causing his ankle to buckle and result in a sprain. He missed Sunday's and Monday's games but said he feels he could be back in the lineup by Tuesday night's game against the Yankees in The Bronx.
“I don’t think this is going to keep me out long,” Rios told the Star-Telegram.
Rios has been in the center of speculation around the Rangers involving the upcoming trade deadline, which is now nine days away. He's controlled via team option in 2015 and, for that reason, would have a lot of value on an offensive-starved market. A significant injury to Rios could've killed one of the Rangers' most viable pieces to sell, but it looks like that scenario has been avoided and Rios will be a possible candidate to be moved.