They are running out of words.
The Rangers bosses believe Rougned Odor is open to coaching and willing to work on his offensive flaws. They are certain his skills haven't evaporated. But there are only so many ways they can say this and then watch Odor pop out — or strike out — on another pitch out of the strike zone before something changes.
On Saturday, GM Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward offered the best they could in terms of endorsements for the struggling second baseman, then watched him swing at a pitch above the strike zone, then pop out on another off the plate. That was just his first at-bat.
It extended his most recent hitless stretch to 14 at-bats, dropped his batting average to .199 and his season OPS to .694. And it does nothing to stop questions about how long the Rangers are willing to wait on the process to produce results.
"I know unequivocally how much he cares and how much work he's put in," Daniels said. "I genuinely think he's trying. We've seen spurts where he has been more successful than others. It's grinded on him both mentally and physically. Ultimately, going forward, big ups and downs don't work from a team standpoint, not when you are in the lineup every day."
"He's been open to a lot of things lately," Woodward said. "I know there is going to be some struggle. He's frustrated because he's missed on some pitches in the zone. I just want him to know truly what is his best approach."
About the frustration, Odor met with Rangers Peak Performance coach Josiah Igono before Saturday's game.