Rangers pitcher Brock Burke’s former roommate Blake Bivens’ family killed in triple homicide

His first 10 days in the majors have been filled mostly with one-of-a-kind memories including six shutout innings his debut.

On Tuesday, though, Brock Burke’s world was rocked.

The Rangers pitcher, who spent the first five years of his professional career in the Tampa Bay system, was shaken by news of a terrible tragedy suffered by his former roommate. Burke had lived parts of three seasons with Tampa Bay prospect Blake Bivens, whose wife, 14-month-old-son and mother-in-law were shot dead in rural Virginia. Bivens’ brother-in-law was arrested in connection with the shootings.

Burke and Bivens were both drafted out of high school in 2014 and spent two extended spring trainings as roommates. They also lived together in the Appalachian League in 2015.

“It’s the toughest thing I’ve heard in a long time,” Burke said Wednesday. “I can’t even fathom what happened. So horrible.”

Burke said he had been in touch with former teammates about the tragedy but had not reached out directly to Bivens. He said most teammates were giving Bivens some time and space before reaching out.

Odor out: Rougned Odor, in a career-worst 0 for 24 skid, was given the day off Wednesday in favor of Nick Solak at second base. Manager Chris Woodward said, though, that he saw a distinct difference in Odor’s at-bat on Tuesday after a week of “seeking answers.”

Odor walked on Tuesday and lined a ball that left the bat at 110 mph in the sixth inning. Los Angeles shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was playing to the right of second base in a shift, made a diving catch to rob Odor of a run-scoring hit.

Briefly: OF Nomar Mazara has taken batting practice on the field the last two days with no lingering issues from his strained oblique muscle. He is expected to be activated from the injured list on Monday.

— Among the Rangers’ contingent of players heading to the Arizona Fall League will be OF Bubba Thompson, the team’s top pick in 2017, right-handed relievers Josh Advocate and Cole Uvila and C Matt Whatley. The Rangers still have three spots to fill. One spot could go to rehabbing RHP A.J. Alexy if his recovery from a lat muscle injury goes well. Alexy has not pitched in a game since May 1.

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