After wrapping up a three-game set in Oakland, the Texas Rangers were due to return home Sunday before traveling to Houston for three games against the Astros. Due to Hurricane/TS Harvey, when and where that series will be played is now in limbo.
The Rangers said Sunday that due to the devastating condition in the Houston area, the players will remain in North Texas awaiting updates on the status of this week's scheduled games at Minute Maid Park.
Both teams were scheduled days off Monday and were to play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“Obviously the primary concern at this time is the welfare and safely of the residents of the Houston area and South Texas who are dealing with a catastrophic weather situation,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “The thoughts of our entire organization are with those individuals to be safe.
When asked if the teams could play the three game set in Arlington, the Rangers would only say there are a number of possible scenarios that could take place.
The Rangers and Astros were just the latest teams to change their travel plans because of the storm.
The NFL's Texans flew to Dallas after their preseason game Saturday in New Orleans instead of returning home and have said they'll stay there until conditions improve enough for them to come back to Houston. The Texans are scheduled to host the Cowboys at NRG Stadium on Thursday, but that game could be in jeopardy with massive flooding in the city and rain continuing to fall.
The University of Houston's football team went to Austin on Friday, practiced there on Saturday and will resume practice Sunday on the University of Texas campus. It could make sense for the team to remain in Austin for the week with the Cougars scheduled to open the season on Saturday at Texas-San Antonio, which is just about 80 miles from Austin.
A team spokesman said Sunday that the team hadn't made any plans for the rest of the week yet.
Rice opened its season this weekend in Australia against Stanford. The Owls are set to fly from Australia to Los Angeles on Monday morning and said they'll decide if they can travel to Houston when they arrive there.