The Texas Rangers call up Cesar Ramos

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 7:58 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 31-year old lefty starter/reliever Cesar Ramos and he will start tonight against the Yankees.  He is replacing Cole Hamels, who has a minor groin injury (if there is such a thing).  Ramos has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the Rangers and he is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.  Ramos has pitched in 251 games (10 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 7-12 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  In Ramos’ first ten starts in the majors, he is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP…..so don’t expect miracles tonight!

The Texas Rangers place Keone Kela on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 6:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 23-year old righty reliever Keone Kela on the 15-day disabled list due to a right elbow impingement.  If he needs surgery to fix his elbow, he could miss up to the next three months.  Kela has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Kela has now pitched in 75 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 8-5 with 1 save, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  The Rangers have called 26-year old righty reliever Phil Klein to replace Kela in the pen.  Klein pitched in 2 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  Klein has now pitched in 30 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  The Rangers are going to miss Kela, as he was a key to their bullpen as a rookie in 2015.

The Texas Rangers have placed Shin-Soo Choo on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 6:41 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained calf.  He will miss the next 4-6 weeks.  He has played in 5 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .597 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  The Rangers have called up 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara to replace Choo on the active roster and in RF.  He came into this season as the Rangers’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  He went 3 for 4 with a solo homer off of Angels’ starting pitcher Jered Weaver in his Major League debut earlier today in a 3-1 loss.  He played in 3 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 6 for 12 (.500 avg, 1.288 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  He has played in 444 games in his five years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 442 of 1,639 (.270 avg, .792 OPS) with 238 runs scored, 56 homers, 263 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers place Robinson Chirinos on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 8:28 am

The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty swinging catcher Robinson Chirinos on the D.L. due to a fractured left forearm, after he was hit by a pitch last night.  Chirinos was off to a good start for the Rangers in 2016.  He has played in 5 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .913 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  28-year old righty swinging Bryan Holaday will take over as the starting catcher for the Rangers.  He has played in 2 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  The Rangers will call up a catcher to back up Holaday.  This is a bad break for both Chirinos and the Rangers, as he was off to a really good start with the bat.

Chris Gimenez will likely start the 2016 season on the D.L. for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 6:12 pm

33-year old righty swinging C/1B Chris Gimenez will likely start the 2016 season on the D.L. due to an ankle infection.  He played in 14 games in spring training for the Rangers and he was 6 for 27 (.222 avg, .583 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Gimenez played in 36 games for the Texas Rangers last year and he was 25 of 98 (.255 avg, .820 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 221 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 119 of 545 (.218 avg, .639 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Gimenez was lucky that he got injured, because he probably wasn’t going to make the team out of spring training.

It’s looking like a late May return for Yu Darvish for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 6:33 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish is on pace to return in late May for the Texas Rangers.  This is great news, as Darvish missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.  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.  Darvish led the majors in strikeouts (277) and he finished second in the American League Cy Young voting (to Max Scherzer) in 2013.  Darvish has whiffed 680 batters while only allowing 434 hits in his first 545 1/3 innings in the show!  Look out for the Rangers when Darvish returns to action, as he will team with Cole Hamels to give them as good of a 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation as any team in the American League.

Josh Hamilton will be out until early May for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 6:28 pm

34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton will be out until early May for the Texas Rangers due to a knee problem.  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 in the show and he is 814 of 2,697 (.302 avg, .901 OPS) with 441 runs scored, 150 homers, 531 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  The Rangers brought back Hamilton in a trade with the Angels on April 27th, 2015.  In his first five years with the Rangers, Hamilton won 3 Silver Slugger Awards, was an American League All-Star five times and he was the American League MVP in 2010.  It’s starting to look like he won’t get back to that level with the Rangers.  The Rangers essentially signed Ian Desmond to replace him as the starting LF.  It will be interesting to see when the Rangers do with Josh Hamilton when he returns to action.

Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers will be out of action until late July

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 6:21 pm

29-year old righty reliever Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers will be out until late July due to left knee surgery.  Scheppers pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 4-1 with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 165 games (4 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 11-5 with 2 saves, a 4.17 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  This is a bad break for Scheppers.  The Rangers should be OK while Scheppers is out of action, as they have a pretty deep bullpen.

The Texas Rangers have placed Alexi Ogando on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:42 am

The Rangers have placed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation.  Ogando has pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up 72 hits and 33 walks while whiffing 54 batters in his first 80 1/3 innings, which are solid numbers.  The Rangers really need to think about using Ogando in the bullpen full time again in 2014 in an effort to keep him healthy.  Ogando has started 45 games for the Rangers so far in his career and he is 18-12 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  In his 103 relief appearances so far in his career with the Rangers, Ogando is 6-1 with 3 saves, a 2.53 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Colby Lewis is done for the 2013 season for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 August 2013 at 6:54 pm

34-year old righty starting pitcher Colby Lewis need surgery to remove bone spurs from his hip and it will end his 2013 season.  Lewis pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Rangers in AA+AAA-ball this year while rehabbing from elbow surgery and he was 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  Lewis has pitched in 124 games (113 starts) in his six years with the Rangers and he is 44-42 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  This is another blow to the Rangers as they were hoping to have Lewis for the stretch run in 2013.

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