Bubba Thompson gets a break from Rangers’ lineup after providing quick impact

Manager Chris Woodward said he’s been impressed with the outfielder’s ability to make consistent plays.

ARLINGTON – Bubba Thompson had a first in his MLB career Friday: He got a break from the starting lineup.

A week’s wait for a break wasn’t the intention when Thompson, a first-round pick by the Rangers in 2017, was called up to make his MLB debut Aug. 4.

“I didn’t anticipate him playing every game, but I kind of felt like he forced me to do it,” manager Chris Woodward said. “I just couldn’t stop watching. I enjoyed watching him.”

Thompson may be hitting only .160, but he’s made an impact in multiple ways. He’s made some nice plays on defense, stole three bases, and even recorded one of the fastest home-to-first times in the season this year. In short: he’s been fun to watch, according to Woodward.

“This guy’s making a spark,” Woodward said. “He’s doing something every day, that’s whether he did get a hit or didn’t get a hit. He’s just doing something to help us. That’s what I want our guys to do. I just love that attitude every day.”

Which is why the break won’t last long for Thompson. He’s expected to be in the lineup Saturday.

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