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Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is out of the starting nine for Thursdays contest against Houston and left-hander Framber Valdez. Calhoun has gone 0-for-8 with three strikeouts since returning from the injured list, having produced just a .380 OPS in 20 games this season. Despite having mashed 21 homers in 83 contests during 2019, it appears that the 25-year-old has taken a significant step backwards in production, even with injuries hampering him this year. Calhouns next chance to rejoins the lineup comes Friday against the Angels, although his lack of production likely keeps him from being an appealing asset in any fantasy format.
The Texas Rangers announced their intentions Tuesday to play younger players and focus on their future come the 2021 year. With that in mind, president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels mentioned that shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Rougned Odor -- both under contract through the 22 season -- would face competition for playing time and need to adapt their games in order to see significant roles. Neither has performed up to expectations this season, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa encroaching on playing time at short and Nick Solak taking over at the keystone. Fantasy managers can look elsewhere ahead of their 21 drafts for production up the middle than the veteran combo of Andrus and Odor.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is expected to be activated off of the injured list prior to Tuesdays contest versus Houston. Calhoun has been on the IL since Aug. 20 due to a strained left hamstring that was initially expected to keep him out for the remainder of the year, but he will instead get to attempt to improve upon the .430 OPS that he has delivered through his first 18 games. With Texas turning at-bats over to many of their younger players down the stretch, Calhoun should see a sizable role, although rostering him in anything but the deepest of season-long formats is a risky proposition. Having compiled a .524 SLG last year, fantasy managers are likely best keeping an eye on his health coming into the 2021 year.
Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff is set to make his big league debut Friday against Oakland and right-hander Mike Fiers, as he gets the start behind the dish and bats eighth. Huff has never played a game above Class A Advanced, but he showed power upside in his Minor League stints with 28 home runs last season. With the Rangers beginning to look toward the future over the final few weeks of the 2020 campaign, Huff may see extended at-bats, but until he showcases his abilities, he is most likely just a punt play DFS contender at this stage.
Texas Rangers outfielder Danny Santana(elbow) will be out for the next seven to eight months following a major elbow surgery on Wednesday afternoon. It is similar to the Tommy John procedure, but with an artificial brace inserted as opposed to a human tendon. Either way, Santana will be on the shelf for a long time after failing to live up to his breakout 2019 season. He slashed .145/.238/.273 across 55 at-bats in 2020 and has a long rehab ahead of him.