The day of reckoning is coming for Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, and no matter what decision was made based off Tuesday's appeal of his eight-game suspension for the punch heard 'round the world, he's about to start sitting for a while.
At worst, Odor will get the eight games he was originally given when an expected decision comes down on Thursday and will return on June 5 in the finale of a key series against first-place Seattle.
Best-case scenario would probably be the suspension being knocked down to five or maybe six games, which could have him back for that huge series against the Mariners in Arlington. Either way, he almost certainly won't be playing this weekend against Pittsburgh, and he is going into his suspension on a good note.
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Odor was batting just .152 in his 33 at-bats since that brawl on May 15, but he had a nice day on Wednesday in a 15-9 rout of the Angels. Odor had just one hit — a leadoff bunt single — but he scored three runs and drove in three more on ground outs.
"I'm feeling OK," Odor told The Dallas Morning News. "Everything is going to be all right."
His manager acknowledged the obvious fact Texas will miss Odor in the lineup but added he feels good about the way his 22-year-old second baseman performed on Wednesday.
"He's a huge player for us," Banister told reporters. "We're obviously going to miss him for however many days it is, but we like where he's at."