On Wednesday morning, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy sat down to write his lineup card as he does before every game.
However, this time was different.

Bochy didn’t write Marcus Semien’s name in the leadoff spot of his batting order for the first time since taking the helm in Texas prior to last season.

The Rangers superstar second baseman had his first day off since May 12th, 2022. For context, here are some things happening in the world at that time.

Wait for U By Future, featuring Drake and Tems, was the number-one song, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was the number-one movie.

Taylor Swift hadn’t even started her world-famous Eras tour, and the Texas Rangers had zero World Series Wins.

After playing 349 consecutive games, Bruce Bochy and Marcus Semien knew it was time for a day off.

“It was mutual. We talked,” Bochy said.

“Now, we’ve had conversations the last two or three days. Marcus was being Marcus then, but he agrees that it’s a good time to take a day.”

The time slot to give Semien a day off worked out, as the Rangers have a team off day on Thursday before opening a three-game set with the Marlins in Miami on Friday.

“This is a good time for him to take a day off and give him a couple days,” Bochy said.

“He knows that it’s time to try to get this thing cleared up, freshen up a little bit, and just get him a few days. It’s a full day. He doesn’t need to bring his spikes out here; I don’t want him swinging; I want him to take the whole day. With how he hit his head, the neck area is still a bit sore. I think he’s doing a little bit better, but not well enough. Anyway, he’s getting the day.”

Semien’s head and neck soreness could date back to May 18th, when he and Adolis Garcia collided while going after a pop-up in a Rangers win over the Angels.

That lingering issue could be related to Marcus Semien’s latest struggles, as he has gone just 4 for his last 33.

Nonetheless, there isn’t any concern from anyone around the Rangers.

“That was a little strange,” shortstop Corey Seager said after the Rangers 6-1 win over the D-Backs on Wednesday.

“But you know, he needs to just take a blow. Every once in a while, it’s okay. So I’m sure he’ll be back out there soon.”

Bruce Bochy expects Semien to be back for Friday night’s series opener against the Marlins in Miami.


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