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.
23-year old righty swinging CF Delino DeShields burst onto the scene last year for the Texas Rangers as a rookie. He played in 121 games for the Rangers last year and he was 111 of 425 (.261 avg, .718 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 10 triples, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. DeShields went into this season as the Rangers’ starting CF, but boy did he struggle. He played in 30 games for the Rangers this year and he was 23 of 106 (.217 avg, .596 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. That production earned him a one way ticket to AAA. He has played in 48 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers since being sent down and he is 47 of 183 (.257 avg, .722 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 3 homers, 16 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. DeShields could get another shot in the near future for the Rangers, if he starts to pick up the pace a little bit with the bat in AAA.
32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers has been named to the All Star Team, for the 4th time in his career. He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 9-2 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Hamels has given up 102 hits and 47 walks while whiffing 109 batters in his first 112 innings for the Rangers. Hamels has now pitched in 325 games (324 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 130-93 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The Rangers need Hamels to keep up the good work in the second half, as their starting rotation has been be-set by a lot of injuries as of late.
30-year old righty swinging outfielder Ian Desmond of the Texas Rangers is an All-Star for the second time in his career. Desmond has played in 88 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 112 of 348 (.322 avg, .898 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,015 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 1,029 of 3,828 (.269 avg, .751 OPS) with 489 runs scored, 125 homers, 487 RBIs and 137 stolen bases. He pretty much can do it all on the baseball field.
The Texas Rangers have called up 37-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Lohse. Lohse pitched in 10 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3-5 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Lohse has pitched in 455 games (416 starts) in his first 15 years in the show and he is 147-141 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. The Rangers have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez to AAA to make room on the active roster for Martinez. Martinez has pitched in 6 games (4 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 6.45 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP. He has given up 30 hits (4 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 8 batters in 22 1/3 innings for the Rangers so far this year, so he was getting hit really hard this year.
The Texas Rangers have sent 24-year old righty starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez to AAA. Gonzalez pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 8.71 ERA and a 2.90 WHIP. He has given up 21 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 7 batters in 10 1/3 innings so far this year, as he was awful for the Rangers. The Rangers have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to replace Gonzalez on the active roster. Claudio pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Rangers earlier this year and he was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
The Texas Rangers have acquired 26-year old lefty reliever/starter Erik Jokisch from the Miami Marlins for 30-year old righty swinging infielder Pedro Ciriaco. Jokisch pitched in 20 games (2 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs and Marlins this year and he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.92 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He did pitch for the Cubs back in 2014, working in 4 games (1 start) in which he was 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He could help the Rangers later this year. Ciriaco played in 51 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 52 of 194 (.268 avg, .617 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.
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 are in first place in the A.L. West with a 53-32 record, which has them 7.5 games over the Houston Astros. Due to injuries to Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis, the Rangers have been running Nick Martinez and Chi Chi Gonzalez out to bump at the back end of the rotation. That is not going to get it done. The Rangers might have to deal someone that they don’t want to move (Lewis Brinson, Jurickson Profar or Joey Gallo), but they should as long as they get a pitcher under contract for a few more years. That likely means dealing with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have lefty Matt Moore and righty Jake Odorizzi, who both fit that description. The Rays are asking for at least one of the trio mentioned before in any deal for either Moore or Odorizzi. The only other pitcher that fits the description that I would be looking for is righty Sonny Gray from the A’s. Not so sure that they would be open to dealing him within the division, but it would be worth a try. The next tier would be guys like Ivan Nova, C.C. Sabathia, Ervin Santana, Matt Shoemaker, Jeremy Hellickson, Andrew Cashner, Drew Smyly or Hector Santiago. The Rangers need to deal for at least one starting pitcher and maybe two. I think the Rays match up the best with the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers have dealt 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Strausborger to the Seattle Mariners for an international bonus slot. Strausborger played in 45 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 47 of 163 (.288 avg, .750 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers, 16 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He got his first taste of the majors last year for the Rangers, working in 31 games in which he was 9 for 45 (.200 avg, .507 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. This is a pretty good deal for the Rangers, as they are deep in the outfield for the 2016 season.