Rangers rumors: Julio Borbon's future in Texas in question

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The future of Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon is in question.

The future of Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon is in question, as tonight will likely be the final time he suits up for the club, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

Barring injury, the Rangers are expected to either trade Borbon or designate him for assignment to make room on their roster for right-handed starting pitcher Nick Tepesch -- who's slated to take the mound Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

There is currently no deal in place for Borbon, and the Rangers could place the outfielder in what Grant calls "non-baseball purgatory" for up to a week while they survey the trade market. The Houston Astros -- who hold a high waiver claim after starting the season 1-5 -- are believed to have interest in Borbon.

Borbon admitted that the situation is "a real question mark." He's bothered by the "unknown" even though he understands that it's the "reality" of the game. If he's designated by the team, he would be sent home until everything is resolved one way or another.

From 2009-2011 for the Rangers, Borbon hit .284/.324/.358. The 27-year-old maintained a batting line of .304/.349/.433 with 23 doubles, eight triples and 10 home runs over 584 plate appearances for Texas' Triple-A affiliate last season.

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