The Texas Rangers won't get Alex Rios back for Thursday's series opener against the Houston Astros. The 33-year-old continues to battle soreness in his right thumb, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.
"It's sore," Rios told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan on Wednesday. "It's causing me to make adjustments in my swing that I don't want to do. Those things have implications, and I do things I'm not supposed to be doing. It affects you."
Rios was not in the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's 12-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners and has experienced soreness in his thumb since Aug. 19.