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!

Rafael Palmeiro was pretty awesome with the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 9:38 am

You have to wonder if lefty swinging 1B Rafael Palmeiro was legit when he played with the Texas Rangers.  After all, he failed a drug test for PEDs shortly after he waved his finger on Capitol Hill telling congress that he never used them!  Even if it was a mirage, Palmeiro was pretty awesome in his time with the Texas Rangers.  He played in 1,573 games in his 10 years with the Rangers and he was 1,692 of 5,830 (.290 avg, .897 OPS) with 958 runs scored, 321 homers, 1,039 RBIs and 44 stolen bases!  His best year for the Rangers are in 1999, when he played in 158 games in which he was 183 of 565 (.324 avg, 1.050 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 47 homers, 148 RBIs and 2 stolen bases!  He was only an All-Star twice with the Rangers and he won 1 Gold Glove.  He has 100 or more RBIs in six of his ten years with the Rangers!  He also hit 37 or more homers six times and 40 or more homers three times in his 10 years with the Rangers.  Palmeiro is currently still #2 in Rangers’ history in games played (1,573), runs scored (958), homers (321) and RBIs (1,039).  He is also the Rangers’ all-time leader in walks with 805 of them.  Palmeiro is also #3 in hits (1,692), tied for #16 in batting average (.290), #6 in OBP (.378), #5 in SLG (.519), #5 in OPS (.897), #3 in doubles (321), tied for #8 in triples (25) and he is tied for #33 in stolen bases (44).  Despite having 3,020 hits and 569 homers in his Major League career, I don’t think Palmeiro will ever get into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Jake Diekman is pitching well for the Texas Rangers again in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 9:30 am

29-year old lefty reliever Jake Diekman has proven to be much more than a throw in when the Texas Rangers acquired him along with lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels on July 31, 2015 from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Diekman has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He has only given up 11 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 17 1/3 innings this year.  Diekman has now pitched in 48 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP!

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 place Drew Stubbs on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:46 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs on the 15-day disabled list due to a toe injury.  Stubbs has played in 10 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .835 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Stubbs has now played in 30 games for the Braves and Rangers overall this year and he is 13 for 53 (.245 avg, .686 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  But, he still has huge holes in his swing as he has whiffed 25 times so far this year.

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 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.

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!

Josh Hamilton is done for the 2016 season for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 3:57 pm

35-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton needs another surgery on his left knee and it will end his 2016 season for the Texas Rangers.  Hamilton played in 1 game in AA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Hamilton played in 50 games for the Rangers last year and he was 43 of 170 (.253 avg, .732 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 8 homers and 25 RBIs.  He has now played in 697 games in his first six years with the Rangers and he is 814 of 2,697 (.302 avg, .901 OPS) with 441 runs scored, 150 homers, 531 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  He was the American League MVP for the Texas Rangers in 2010.  In his first tour of duty with the Rangers (2008-2012), he was an American League All-Star in every season and he won three Silver Slugger Awards.

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