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Rangers replace stars Adolis Garcia, Max Scherzer on World Series roster

Adolis Garcia in the dugout

Oct 19, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game four of the ALCS against the Houston Astros for the 2023 MLB playoffs at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers are making some changes to their World Series roster due to injuries.

Both Adolis Garcia and Max Scherzer exited Game 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday with injuries. A day later, the team replaced both players on the World Series roster.

Garcia is dealing with a moderate oblique strain and has been removed from the World Series roster. The Rangers are replacing him with utility man Ezequiel Duran.

Scherzer exited Game 3 with back spasms. Rangers manager Bruce Bochy told reporters before Game 4 that Scherzer’s back is still tight from the spasms. Accordingly, Scherzer has been replaced by reliever Brock Burke.

The loss of Garcia in particular really hurts the Rangers. Garcia has 8 home runs and 22 RBIs this postseason. He was named ALCS MVP for the damage he did against the Houston Astros. His 22 RBIs are a record for a single MLB postseason.

Scherzer was not on the Rangers’ roster for the Wild Card series and ALDS due to a side injury. He was activated for the ALCS and made two starts against Houston. He pitched three scoreless innings in Game 3 of the World Series on Monday before being removed.

The Rangers held a 2-1 lead in the series through three games and will be without two of their top players for the remainder of the series against Arizona.

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