The Texas Rangers place 3B Hank Blalock on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 July 2008 at 9:52 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed starting 3B Hank Blalock on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Blalock has played in 31 games for the Rangers this season and he is 33 for 121 (.273 avg, .769 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs. Ramon Vazquez will likely start at 3B while Blalock is out. He has played in 72 games for the Rangers this season and he is 68 for 220 (.309 avg, .848 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 5 homers and 31 RBIs. 27-year old righty swinging infielder Ryan Roberts has been brought up from AAA to replace Blalock on the active roster. Roberts has played in 102 games in AAA ball this season and he is 97 for 341 (.284 avg, .838 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 8 homers, 50 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Roberts won’t likely get much playing time unless another infielder goes down to injury for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers could be active at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 28 July 2008 at 10:09 pm

The Rangers have some key pieces that they could move to acquire some pitching help. A lot of teams have been calling the Rangers about Gerald Laird and Jarrod Saltalamacchia so they will likely move one of them before Thursday. The Rangers would require a pitcher to use on the major league staff from the day he arrived in Texas and a little bit more. Marlon Byrd and Frank Catalanotto would be nice upgrades for the Mets in the outfield but the Mets would likely have to give the Rangers an arm like Joe Smith to get them. Hank Blalock is also a very good piece for a contending team like the Twins who have a need at 3B. Blalock will likely bring the biggest return of any of the players mentioned in this article as the Rangers’ would net at least 1 top prospect for him and maybe more.

The Texas Rangers place Kevin Millwood on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 26 July 2008 at 4:57 pm

The Rangers have placed righty starting pitcher Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin. Millwood has started 20 games for the Rangers this season and he is 6-6 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. Millwood’s injury will keep Scott Feldman in the rotation a little while longer and that’s a good thing as he has outpitched Millwood this season anyway. Feldman has pitched in 17 games (15 starts) for the Rangers this season and he is 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers probably lose Kason Gabbard for the season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 19 July 2008 at 2:32 pm

Lefty starting pitcher Kason Gabbard is likely out for the season due to a bone spur in his left elbow. Gabbard has started 12 games for the Rangers this season and he was 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP. Gabbard wasn’t that effective this season but the Rangers could probably use him as they have had a lot if injury issues in the starting rotation. Gabbard walked 39 batters and allowed 64 hits in 56 innings for the Rangers so he will have a lot to work on in the off season.

Taylor Teagarden is falling out of favor with the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 13 July 2008 at 6:53 pm

24-year old righty swinging Taylor Teagarden was the Rangers’ #4 prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook. But, he has been passed up by Max Ramirez who was brought up from below Teagarden in the minors to replace the injured Gerald Laird. Teagarden has played in 64 games in AA+AAA ball this season and he is 48 for 219 (.219 avg, .719 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 8 homers and 21 RBIs. He has really looked overmatched at the plate this season as he has whiffed 71 times this year. Teagarden better get his act together soon or he might fall too far behind the other catchers in the Rangers organization.

The Texas Rangers place Vicente Padilla on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 10 July 2008 at 7:28 pm

The Rangers have placed righty starting pitcher Vicente Padilla on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in the right side of his neck. Padilla has started 18 games for the Rangers this season and he is 10-5 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. This hurts the Rangers big time as Padilla has been really solid for them this year. It’s up in the air right now as to who will replace him in the starting rotation. The Rangers have recalled righty reliever Wes Littleton to replace Padilla on the pitching staff. Littleton has pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in AAA ball this year and he is 7-1 with 3 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Rangers hope that Littleton pitches better than he did earlier this season for them. He has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this season and he is 0-0 with a 8.64 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Nelson Cruz is dominating in AAA for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 10 July 2008 at 5:20 pm

27-year old righty swinging outfielder Nelson Cruz is dominating in AAA for the Rangers and teams have been calling trying to trade for him. The Rangers would likely require some kind of pitching in return for Cruz. Cruz has played in 80 games in AAA ball this season and he is 99 for 289 (.343 avg, 1.133 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 26 homers, 73 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. But, Cruz has never been that great in the majors. He has played in 145 games in the major leagues in his career and he is 102 for 442 (.231 avg, .667 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 15 homers and 56 RBIs. The Rangers don’t have any room for him so they should try to get some pitching help for him.

The Texas Rangers place Eric Hurley on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 8 July 2008 at 11:26 pm

The Rangers have placed rookie righty starter Eric Hurley on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. That is a shame as Hurley has pitched well so far this season. Hurley has started 4 games for the Rangers this season and he is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Rangers have recalled lefty starting pitcher Matt Harrison from AAA ball. Harrison was the #12 prospect in the Rangers’ minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America. He has started 15 games this season between AA+AAA ball and he is 6-3 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Harrison won his major league debut going 7 strong innings against the Angels last night. It’s quite possible that the Rangers will keep both Harrison and Hurley in the rotation after the All Star Break if they are both pitching well.

Ian Kinsler has been dominating this season for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 6 July 2008 at 5:45 pm

Ian Kinsler might just be the best leadoff hitter in all of baseball as he really gets the offense started for the Rangers. Kinsler has good power and he’s added base stealing to his impressive arsenal. Kinsler has played in 85 games for the Rangers this season and he is 118 for 360 (.328 avg, .931 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 14 homers, 53 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. The Rangers just hope that Kinsler can stay healthy as he has missed a lot of time over the previous two seasons to injuries. Injuries are the only thing that can stop Kinsler from having a monster season.

The Texas Rangers sign Kiko Calero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 5 July 2008 at 10:20 pm

The Rangers have signed 33-year old righty reliever Kiko Calero to a minor league contract and they’ve assigned him to AAA ball. Calero is pitching with a partially torn rotator cuff but he has still been effective in his brief work with the A’s this season. Calero has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the A’s this season and he is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Calero still has good stuff as he whiffed 7 batters in only 4.2 innings for the A’s before they let him go. Calero has now pitched in 246 games (1 start) in his major league career and he is 12-10 with 7 saves, a 3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has whiffed 255 batters in only 242.2 innings in his major league career which shows what kind of stuff he has when he is healthy. This was a nice low risk/high reward signing for the Rangers as Calero might be able to help them out in the 2nd half of the season.

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