Nomar Mazara exits early for Rangers

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 27: Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara (30) fields the ball during the ninth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians on June 27, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Texas defeated Cleveland 2-1. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara left Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with left quad tightness. He was replaced in left field by Drew Robinson.

Prior to his departure, Mazara went 0-for-3 at the plate with a strikeout, dropping his batting average on the season to .257. Mazara had previously been dealing with the quad tightness and it was in doubt as to whether he would be penciled into the lineup for Friday night’s game.

Now in his second full season with the Rangers, Mazara has seen his batting average take a dip from where he was as a rookie, but he has driven in 94 runs on the season and clubbed 29 doubles to go along with his 19 home runs.

After scuffling through the months of June and July with a batting average below .210, Mazara has batted .293 during the month of September coming into play on Friday. He is in the midst of his best month from an OPS standpoint (.955), having gone deep three times in his first 11 games as the Rangers make one last playoff push over the season’s final few weeks.

Still just 22 years old, Mazara has been given a spot in the Texas lineup on an everyday basis since his arrival last season, when he finished fifth overall in American League Rookie of the Year voting. He was rated as highly as the No. 5 overall prospect in baseball prior to the start of last season by Baseball Prospectus, despite having been just a .270 hitter in the minor leagues.

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