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Rangers forced to shuffle World Series roster due to injuries

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning in game three of the 2023 World Series at Chase Field on Oct. 30, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona.

With less than an hour before the first pitch of Game 4, the Texas Rangers removed SP Max Scherzer and RF Adolis Garcia from their World Series roster due to injuries.

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Scherzer had started Game 3 for the Rangers, but after just three innings, he left the game due to back tightness.

It was the 39-year-old’s 30th postseason start, and he had not allowed a run through three innings.

In a parallel incident, Adolis Garcia, who had arguably been the Rangers’ best hitter throughout the postseason, was taken out of Game 3 in the 8th inning.

Prior to his injury, Garcia was a strong candidate for World Series MVP as has smashed 8 home runs and driven in 22 runs through 15 games.

In response to these two injuries, the Texas Rangers, who currently lead the World Series 2-1, have chosen to add Ezequiel Duran and reliever Brock Burke to their World Series roster.

Duran played in 122 games for Texas during the regular season this year, he posted a .276 batting average in this span. He does not have any postseason experience.

On the other hand, Brock Burke does have experience as he pitched for the Rangers in the NLDS. Against Baltimore, Burke allowed two earned runs while only getting one out.


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