The Texas Rangers’ Adolis García and Max Scherzer will no longer participate in the World Series due to injuries, MLB announced on Tuesday night before Game 4. To replace them, infielder/outfielder Ezequiel Duran and relief pitcher Brock Burke have been added to the roster.
Adolis García sustained a left oblique strain in Game 3, which resulted in his absence from the lineup for Game 4. Rangers general manager Chris Young confirmed the injuries and stated that if these injuries had occurred during the regular season, both players would require a stint on the injured list.
The loss of Scherzer is particularly disheartening for the Rangers, as they were hoping to utilize the three-time Cy Young winner in a potential Game 7 situation. Unfortunately, this will not be possible.
The team manager, Bruce Bochy, acknowledged the difficulty of these roster decisions, recognizing the importance of García and Scherzer to the club.
Without García and Scherzer, the Rangers face a significant setback in the series, despite currently holding a 2-1 lead. García’s absence is of greater concern, as he has played a crucial role in the team’s success throughout the postseason. As for Scherzer, his absence would have only impacted a potential Game 7.
To fill García’s position in right field for Game 4, Travis Jankowski will step in. Jankowski has demonstrated his capabilities in limited action during the regular season, and he has one hit in the postseason.
García left Game 3 in the eighth inning due to tightness in his left side. His discomfort became evident when he clutched his side after a swing. Despite his absence from the remainder of the game, the Rangers secured a 3-1 victory.
García has been a standout player for the Rangers in the postseason, earning ALCS MVP honors with five home runs and 15 RBI in the series against the Houston Astros. In Game 1 of the World Series, he secured a 6-5 win with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning.
Although García was hitless in Games 2 and 3, his defensive skills were on display when he made a crucial outfield assist that prevented a potential scoring opportunity for the Diamondbacks.
With Scherzer departing after three scoreless innings in Game 3 due to a back injury, the Rangers traded for him midseason to enhance their playoff chances. Despite his contributions, Scherzer will not have the opportunity to pitch again in the postseason.
This story includes reporting from Yahoo Sports’ Hannah Keyser.
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