The Texas Rangers have activated Yu Darvish off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 8:38 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish off the D.L.  Darvish is starting tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  He gave up only 9 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his 20 innings in the minors this year.  Darvish has pitched in 83 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Getting Darvish back should give the Rangers’ rotation a huge boost!

The Texas Rangers place Shawn Tolleson on the Family Medical Emergency List

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 5:28 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson on the Family Medical Emergency List.  Tolleson has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with 11 saves, a 10.13 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  He has given up 27 hits (6 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 16 innings this year.  Tolleson has now pitched in 157 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 9-7 with 46 saves, a 3.60 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Tolleson is currently #10 in Rangers’ history with his 46 saves.  The Rangers hope that Tolleson will be the pitcher he was last year when he returns to the team or they might have to send him to AAA.

Rougned Odor has his suspension trimmed to seven games for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 11:15 pm

22-year old lefty swinging 2B Rougned Odor has had his suspension trimmed from 8 games to 7 games for the Texas Rangers.  The suspension will start tomorrow.  Odor has played in 46 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 49 of 187 (.262 avg, .731 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 25 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rangers will call up 23-year old switch-hitting infielder Jurickson Profar to take over at 2B while Odor is serving his suspension.  Profar has played in 41 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 48 of 169 (.284 avg, .782 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Profar has played in 94 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 70 for 303 (.231 avg, .645 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Rangers hope that Profar takes advantage of this opportunity.

The Texas Rangers call up Joey Gallo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:42 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 22-year old lefty swinging 3B/OF Joey Gallo.  Gallo played in 24 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 22 of 83 (.265 avg, 1.054 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 20 RBIs.  Gallo got his first taste of the majors in 2015 with the Rangers.  He played in 36 games for the Rangers last year and he was 22 of 108 (.204 avg, .717 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  But, his big time power also comes with a lot of holes in his swing, as he whiffed 57 times against only 15 walks last year for the Rangers.

UPDATE:  (5/28/2016) – The Rangers have sent Joey Gallo back to AAA to make room on the roster for Yu Darvish.  Gallo only played in 1 game this time around for the Rangers and he was 0 for 1 at the plate.

The Texas Rangers DFA Patrick Kivlehan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:38 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old righty swinging OF/1B/3B Patrick Kivlehan for assignment.  Kivlehan played in 36 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 26 of 141 (.184 avg, .514 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 497 games in his five years in the minors and he is 533 of 1,903 (.280 avg, .810 OPS) with 279 runs scored, 71 homers, 334 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.

UPDATE:  (5/30/2016) – The Texas Rangers have sent Patrick Kivlehan to the Seattle Mariners for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Texas Rangers call up Jared Hoying

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jared Hoying.  Hoying has played in 41 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he is 51 of 160 (.319 avg, .959 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Hoying has now played in 698 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 686 of 2,622 (.262 avg, .772 OPS) with 400 runs scored, 92 homers, 356 RBIs and 107 stolen bases.  This will be Hoying’s first shot at playing in the show!

The Texas Rangers have activated Shin-Soo Choo off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 11:37 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 33-year old lefty swinging RF Shin-Soo Choo off of the D.L.  Choo played in 2 games in AAA-ball on his rehab assignment from a calf injury and he was 3 for 8 (.375 avg, 1.319 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 5 games for the Rangers earlier this year before going on the D.L. and he was 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .597 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Choo has now played in 277 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 266 of 1,026 (.259 avg, .779 OPS) with 154 runs scored, 35 homers, 123 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The Rangers are glad to have Choo back!

UPDATE:  (5/23/2016) – The Texas Rangers have placed Shin-Soo Choo right back on the D.L., retroactive to May 21st due to a strained left hamstring.  Choo has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .646 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Choo has walked 6 times while whiffing 4 times so far this year.  The Rangers hope that he will be ready to return to action in a couple of weeks.

The Texas Rangers send Andrew Faulkner to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 3:52 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Andrew Faulkner to AAA.  He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP.  He gave up 8 hits (3 homers), 4 walks and 2 wild pitches while whiffing 1 batter in 5 2/3 innings this year for the Rangers.  He has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers middle infield gets suspensions for the big brawl against the Blue Jays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 2:23 pm

22-year old lefty swinging 2B Rougned Odor and 27-year old righty swinging SS Elvis Andrus have both been handed suspensions from Major League Baseball for their roles in the ugly brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays last Sunday.  Odor has been nailed for 8 games while Andrus only got one game.  Odor is definitely going to appeal his suspension.  Odor has played in 39 games for the Texas Rangers so far this year and he is 44 of 158 (.278 avg, .792 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 21 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Andrus has played in 36 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 37 of 128 (.289 avg, .723 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 14 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  The Rangers are preparing for Odor’s suspension already, as they have moved 23-year old switch-hitting SS Jurickson Profar to 2B.  Profar has played in 34 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 38 of 139 (.273 avg, .777 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He last played with the Rangers in 2013 (due to nasty shoulder injuries).  He has played in 94 games so far in his career with the Rangers and he is 70 for 303 (.231 avg, .645 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Profar will likely be called up to play 2B for the Rangers when Odor serves his suspension.

The Texas Rangers send Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 7:41 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA.  He pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 2-2 with a 9.98 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP.  Wilhelmsen gave up 25 hits (6 homers) and 8 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his 15 1/3 innings this year, as opposing batters were literally running up to the plate to bat against him!  Wilhelmsen has now pitched in 284 games (2 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 13-12 with 67 saves, a 3.30 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has been a solid reliever in the show until now, so maybe he can straighten up with some time in the minors.  But, the Rangers couldn’t let him continue to try to work it out in the majors.  The Rangers have called up 24-year old righty reliever Luke Jackson to replace Wilhelmsen both on the roster and in the pen.  Jackson has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Jackson got his first taste of the show in 2015 for the Rangers when he pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

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