The Texas Rangers place Lucas Harrell on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 3:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell on the 15-day disabled list due to a right groin strain.  Harrell has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rangers since they acquired him in a deal with the Braves and he is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  Harrell has now pitched in 9 games (all starts) overall this year for the Braves and Rangers in which he is 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 26-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez to replace Harrell on the pitching staff and most likely the rotation.  Martinez has pitched in 7 games (5 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 7.18 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits (7 homers) and 16 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his first 26 1/3 innings for the Rangers this year, so he has been getting hit really, really hard this year.  Martinez has now pitched in 60 games (50 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 13-22 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers lose Shin-Soo Choo for probably the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7:39 am

The Texas Rangers have probably lost 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the rest of the 2016 season after he was hit by a pitch last night that broke his left forearm.  Choo has played in 45 games for the Rangers this year and he is 41 of 166 (.247 avg, .784 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 17 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rangers have called up 26-year old righty swinging OF/1B Ryan Rua to replace Choo on the active roster.  Rua played in 78 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 54 of 203 (.266 avg, .754 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Rua never deserved to get sent to the minors in the first place.

Prince Fielder’s career with the Texas Rangers and in baseball is over

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:48 am

32-year old lefty swinging 1B Prince Fielder announced yesterday that his playing days are over after him having neck fusion surgery in July.  It was his second surgery on his neck in the last three years (but in a different area this time around).  He is still owed $24 million dollars per season until 2020.  The Rangers will pay him $9 million per year, the Tigers will pay his $6 million dollars per year and an insurance company will pay him $9 million bucks per year through 2020.

Fielder came over to the Texas Rangers on November 13, 2013 in a deal that sent 2B Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers.  He played in 89 games for the Rangers this year and he was 69 for 326 (.212 avg, .626 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 8 homers and 44 RBIs.  He was an All-Star in 2015 for the Rangers in his only “healthy” year with them.  He played in 158 games for the Rangers in 2015 and he was 187 of 613 (.305 avg, .841 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 23 homers and 98 RBIs.  He also played in 5 games in the playoffs for the Rangers in 2015 in which he was 3 for 20 (.150 avg, .340 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Fielder played in 289 games in his three years with the Rangers and he was 293 of 1,089 (.269 avg, .760 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 34 homers and 158 RBIs.

This is a shame as Fielder was a darn good baseball player.  The Rangers are going to miss him.

 

The Texas Rangers put two starting players on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 8:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 32-year old lefty swinging DH/1B Prince Fielder and 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list.  Fielder has a herniated disc in his neck and it is in a different area than when he had surgery the first time around to fix it.  Surgery is a really option for Fielder this time around and if he has it, it will end his 2016 season.  Fielder has played in 89 games for the Rangers this year and he is 69 of 326 (.212 avg, .626 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 8 homers and 44 RBIs.  Fielder has played in 289 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 293 of 1,089 (.269 avg, .760 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 34 homers and 158 RBIs.  It’s starting to look like the Tigers ripped off the Rangers in the Kinsler/Fielder deal of a few years ago.  Choo is on the D.L. with lower back inflammation and he should only miss a couple of weeks.  Choo has played in 33 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 32 of 123 (.260 avg, .844 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 7 homers, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Choo has played in 305 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 295 of 1,133 (.260 avg, .789 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 42 homers, 139 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers place Jake Diekman on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 5:26 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 29-year old lefty reliever Jake Diekman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6th, due to a lacerated left index finger.  Diekman has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-1 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He has given up 19 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 33 innings for the Rangers this year.  To replace Diekman on the roster, the Rangers have activated 23-year old righty reliever Keone Kela off the 60-day D.L.  Kela pitched in 7 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers before he was injured and he was 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  He 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 Texas Rangers place Bryan Holaday on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 3:24 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 28-year old righty swinging catcher Bryan Holaday on the 15-day disabled list due to a bruised thumb.  Holaday has played in 30 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 20 for 84 (.238 avg, .695 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs.  The Rangers should be O.K. without Holaday, as they still have Robinson Chirinos and Bobby Wilson to catch.  The Rangers have called up 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jared Hoying to replace Holaday on the active roster.  Hoying played in 11 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 5 for 23 (.217 avg, .497 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.

The Texas Rangers lose Colby Lewis at least the next two months

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 5:56 am

The Texas Rangers with be without 36-year old righty starting pitcher Colby Lewis for at least the next two months due to a strained lat muscle.  Lewis has pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6-1 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  He has given up only 81 hits (13 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 61 batters in his first 98 innings pitched so far this year.  This is a huge blow to the Rangers, as Lewis has been pitching the best of his Major League career in 2016.

UPDATE:  (6/26/2016) – The Texas Rangers placed Colby Lewis off the D.L. and they activated 28-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Griffin off the D.L. last night to replace him in the starting rotation.  Griffin has pitched in 7 games (all starts) so far this year for the Rangers and he is 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers place Derek Holland on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 5:53 am

The Texas Rangers have placed 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland on the 15-day disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation.  Holland has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5-5 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He has given up 78 hits (10 homers) and 25 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 72 2/3 innings for the Rangers….so he was getting hit pretty hard this year.  The Rangers have called up 24-year old righty reliever Luke Jackson to replace Derek Holland on the pitching staff.  Jackson has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.  Jackson has now pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers place Yu Darvish on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 7:39 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish back on the 15-day disabled list due to neck and shoulder problems.  Darvish has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 12 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 19 batters in his first 15 2/3 innings this year.  31-year old lefty Cesar Ramos will replace Darvish in the starting rotation.  Ramos has pitched in 7 games (3 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-2 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to replace Darvish on the active roster.  Claudio pitched in 10 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  The Rangers hope that Darvish only has to miss a couple of weeks.

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.

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