Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Tue 8/13/19 3:52 PM

Kiner-Falefa isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville at the end of July, Kiner-Falefa is hitting .217 with an RBI and three strikeouts over eight contests. He'll head to the bench for the second matchup of the series, opening the door for Logan Forsythe to draw the start at the hot corner and bat seventh.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Mon 8/12/19 8:14 AM

Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's 1-0 win over Milwaukee.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa's seventh-inning sacrifice fly knocked in the lone run, giving Mike Minor his 11th win. The RBI was Kiner-Falefa's first since in seven games since being activated off the injured list. The infielder missed nearly two months with a finger injury, which may explain his .211 average (4-for-19) since returning.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Fri 8/9/19 4:30 PM

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa was recalled from Triple-A Nashville at the start of August to take over at third base for the Rangers, and he's now started four of seven games since returning to the majors. The 24-year-old is 3-for-13 with a double and a run scored since the promotion, while Logan Forsythe starts at the hot corner Friday.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Wed 8/7/19 12:49 PM

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville, Kiner-Falefa has started three of the Rangers' four games at third base, going 2-for-11 with a double and a run. Though Logan Forsythe will get the nod at the hot corner for the afternoon game, Kiner-Falefa is expected to re-enter the lineup for the second contest and should continue to see most of the action at the hot corner moving forward now that Asdrubal Cabrera has been expunged from the 40-man roster.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Tue 8/6/19 4:10 PM

Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa had started three of the last four games at third base, going 2-for-11 at the plate. Logan Forsythe will handle the hot corner in his absence.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Sun 8/4/19 2:53 PM

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa will cede third-base duties to Logan Forsythe as the Rangers look to secure a series sweep. With the Rangers recently cutting ties with Asdrubal Cabrera, Kiner-Falefa looks on track to act as the team's primary option at the hot corner the rest of the way. The playing time Kiner-Falefa will receive makes him worthy of at least a speculative pickup in AL-only formats, but he'll need to provide more categorical juice before drawing interest in shallower leagues.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Thu 8/1/19 12:48 AM

Kiner-Falefa will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start at third base for the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa was activated off the injured list and optioned to Nashvilly on July 20 but will make his return to the majors following the trade deadline. Asdrubal Cabrera was designated for assignment Wednesday and Kiner-Falefa will receive the first opportunity to take over the hot corner. The 24-year-old appeared in 38 games at catcher this season and posted a .231/.308/.343 slash line, but he'll now have the chance to work at a less demanding infield spot.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Sat 7/20/19 4:18 PM

The Rangers activated Kiner-Falefa (finger) from the 10-day injured list Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa is no longer bothered by the sprained ligament in his right middle finger that kept him on the shelf since early June, but the Rangers aren't eager to bring him onto the big-league roster in a part-time role. As Grant notes, continuing to play in the minors will allow Kiner-Falefa to receive steady at-bats and starts behind the plate, with some action at third base mixed in as well. Expect Kiner-Falefa to rejoin the Rangers at some point after the July 31 trade deadline.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Sat 7/6/19 10:31 AM

Texas manager Chris Woodward said it could be "a couple of weeks" before Kiner-Falefa (finger) is activated off the injured list, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa is currently on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville, and the manager feels it's important for him to build up at-bats. He would not have the luxury of playing daily if he were brought back to Texas. "I think it would help him getting consistent at-bats whether he is the DH or catches, however they want to do that," Woodward said. "I think it is important for him to get those ABs." With Kiner-Falefa out, the Rangers have been using Tim Federowicz in partnership with Jeff Mathis behind the plate.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
C/SS/3B TEX
Thu 7/4/19 9:09 AM

Kiner-Falefa (finger) is 1-for-10 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in three rehab games for Triple-A Nashville.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa started a rehab assignment this week and has played three consecutive days. He's served as the designated hitter in two of those games and played five innings in the one game he started as catcher. The Rangers probably want to see how he responds after catching a full nine innings before having him return to Texas.