The Rangers have placed Hank Blalock on the 60-day disabled list with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome which is serious nerve damage. He will have surgery to remove one of his ribs on Monday and he will miss at least three months. This is a huge blow to the Rangers as Blalock is one of their best hitters. In 39 games this season, Blalock is 41 for 144 (.285 avg, .828 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. The Rangers have recalled 3B Travis Metcalf to replace Blalock on the roster and possibly at 3B. In 38 games in AA ball, Metcalf was 40 for 136 (.294 avg, .870 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. Metcalf will have to play well to hold off Matt Kata and Ramon Vazquez for at bats.