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Rangers updates

Okay, a lot of stuff has been happening with the Rangers lately, and I feel an obligation to share it with you, my legions of followers. [Oh, who am I kidding? My mom doesn’t even read this.]
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Expanded Roster

I figured out some stuff about the expanded roster. They don’t have to bring up all 40 guys, but it is possible. So that means that they can have anywhere from 25 to 40 guys on their active roster. The Rangers decided to add the following 7 guys to their existing 25-man roster:

Brandon McCarthy
Eddie Guardado (pitcher, activated from the 15-day DL, already on 40-man)
Warner Madrigal (pitcher, already on 40-man)
Esteban German (infielder, already on 40-man)
Guillermo Moscoso (pitcher, already on 40-man)
Brandon McCarthy (pitcher, activated from 60-day DL, not on 40-man)
Kevin Richardson (catcher, not on 40-man)
Craig Gentry (outfielder, not on 40-man)

So the Rangers needed to find 3 spots on their 40-man roster to put these new additions. Well, actually, they only had 39 guys on their 40-man roster, after trading minor leaguer Jose Vallejo to the Astros as part of the  Pudge trade. So the Rangers needed 2 spots.  

Brandon Boggs
They put Brandon Boggs on the 60-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, which opens up a spot. I had been wondering why Brandon Boggs and Greg Golson were passed over, even though they were already on the Rangers’ 40-man roster, in favor of Craig Gentry. This at least explains why Boggs wasn’t called up, but I still don’t know why they bypassed Greg Golson. If I figure that out, I’ll let you know.
Thomas Diamond
And in a surprising move, they designated AA pitcher Thomas Diamond for assignment to make another spot on the 40-man roster. I’ve mentioned Thomas Diamond before, when I explained the Rule 5 Draft. The Rangers had him on their 40-man roster to keep another team from drafting him, and then they just decide to hand him to the wolves on a silver platter?
 
Thomas Diamond was the Rangers’ Number 1 Draft pick in 2004, but he had to have Tommy John surgery, and he’s had a hard time recovering from that. The Rangers are trying to get him back through outright waivers, meaning that they’re just hoping that another team doesn’t take him (at least I think that’s what it means). But apparently, the Rangers don’t feel as protective over Thomas Diamond as they once did.

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Injury Reports

Michael Young

1) I already explained in previous posts that Michael Young has strained his left hamstring, which should keep him out of the lineup for 2-3 weeks.
 
Josh Hamilton
2) Josh Hamilton has reportedly been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his back. He has received an injection of anti-inflammatory medication to help with the inflammation. See, I had a feeling that this wasn’t just a sore muscle that would go away. This could be something that gives Josh some trouble in the future, especially if he just tries to play through the pain.
 
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3) After receiving reports a few days ago that Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been “shut down” by the pain and numbness from Thorasic Outlet Syndrome and that he might have to have “season-ending surgery,” the Rangers have now activated Salty from the DL. He will be available for use as a pinch-hitter, designated hitter, or emergency catcher, and he will wait to have surgery until after the season is over. So then why did they call up Kevin Richardson??
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Beau Vaughn’s Blog (Beau Knows Diddly)
Beau Vaughn
I talked about Beau Vaughn’s Blog a few days ago and how hilariously irreverent it is. Well, after he found out that Craig Gentry was being called up to the Bigs the other night, Beau immediately interviewed CG for his blog. And it was great! Jamey Newberg (The Newberg Report blog) even recommended it on his blog, even though he said it was “[n]ot as safe for children as most of his previous entries.”
 
Craig Gentry
Jamey was right; it was a bit more irreverent than usual, but it was awesome! But it was only up for 14 hours before ‘the man’ insisted that it be taken down. Beau had to apologize because “the subject matter was inappropriate for this forum” and because he “misrepresented the Texas Rangers.” He also apparently got in trouble because the team hadn’t issued a press release officially announcing the roster move.
 
I think that’s crap! I mean, they came to Beau and asked him to do this blog. Did they not know his personality before they asked him to do this? If they wanted somebody who wouldn’t curse or talk about lewd and inappropriate things, why didn’t they ask someone else?
 
Okay, it’s true that this blog would be more appropriate on myspace or somewhere else. But I still think it’s hilarious.
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It’s September 1st…

…and that means that the Rangers are expanding to a 40-man roster! I’ve read from several sources that the Rangers are definitely adding pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Warner Madrigal, who are already on the 40-man roster. Eddie Guardado and Esteban German will also be reactivated from the 15-day DL, but they were already on the 40-man roster too. Willie Eyre (also on the 40-man) will probably be called up in a few days as well, but he was optioned to AAA last week and has to wait 10 days before being called back up.

But some other names have been mentioned that will have to be added to the 40-man roster, and I’m not sure who the Rangers are planning on dropping to make room.

Craig Gentry, an outfielder from AA Frisco, has reportedly been called up, as well as catcher Kevin Richardson from AAA Oklahoma City. And pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been on the 60-day DL (and thus not on the 40-man roster), but he’s being activated too.

So who will the Rangers drop? Thomas Diamond or Omar Poveda? They’re both AA pitchers that the Rangers have on their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Or Luis Mendoza? He threw a no-hitter in AAA a few weeks ago. Max Ramirez or Jarrod Saltalamacchia? I guess it’s possible that they could add Salty to the 60-day DL, which would drop him from the 40-man. Joaquin Arias? He didn’t do too well during his stint in the Bigs this year. Brandon Boggs or Greg Golson? Boggs has big league experience, so they’ll probably be calling him back up.

But why did they call up an outfielder from AA? I mean, sure, he’s a great AA player, but is he ready for the Bigs? We already had 5 outfielders on the 25-man roster, as well as 2 more on the 40-man and another one on the 15-day DL. Hmm…

OH MY GOD…

Yes, I understand that this is my second “OH MY GOD” post in a week, but this just deserves to be shouted from the rooftops…

Chris Davis is coming back to the Bigs!!!

That’s right, Chris, high five!!!
CD is expected to make his debut during the Rangers’ upcoming series with the Yankees. No word yet on who is being sent down to the minors to make room for Chris on the 25-man roster. I’m giddy right now, y’all!!

http://trsullivan.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/08/davis_expected_to_rejoin_range.html

http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/08/chris-davis-is-on-the-way-back.html

http://insidecorner.dmagazine.com/2009/08/23/chris-davis-to-return-tuesday/

http://www.bbtia.com/home/2009/8/23/newsflash-rangers-to-recall-chris-davis-from-oklahoma-city.html

http://www.newbergreport.com/article.asp?articleid=1586

http://startelegramsports.typepad.com/foul_territory/2009/08/chris-davis-is-on-the-way-back.html

Wash doesn’t read my blog (surprise, surprise)

Well, I guess Wash doesn’t read my blog, because here’s today’s lineup. He added 2 of his 3 bench players to the lineup today, and he’s got Ian Kinsler leading off, like I said, but there are a few other differences.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Marlon Byrd, LF
4. Andruw Jones, DH
5. Josh Hamilton, CF
6. Nelson Cruz, RF
7. Hank Blalock, 1B
8. Ivan Rodriguez, C
9. Elvis Andrus, SS

 
Originally published August 23, 2009

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just heard the biggest news ever… even bigger than when I heard that they finally cut Vicente Padilla loose!!

Ivan Rodriguez Pudge, who was a Rangers catcher for 11 years from 1991-2002, who played for the Rangers all 3 times that they have gone to the post-season, who was the American League MVP in 1999, who has been a 14-time All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glover, who has been to the World Series twice since he left the Rangers, who is my absolute favorite player EVER – has just been acquired by the TEXAS RANGERS again!!!!!!

 
 
This is what it says on the Texas Rangers’ Official Webpage: “The Rangers have acquired Ivan Rodriguez from the Astros for two prospects. Pudge will be Texas’ backup catcher, and understands that Taylor Teagarden will be the starter.”
 
Oh my God… I absolutely cannot describe in words how excited I am about this. I feel like my heart is beating out of my chest! Pudge, you’re finally coming back home where you belong!!!
 
Seriously, you guys don’t understand. I adore baseball and the Texas Rangers, but I boycotted the Rangers for two years after they traded Pudge. My Daddy said there was nothing the Rangers could do about it, that Pudge was a free agent, and that he wanted to leave, but I would hear none of it. It just wasn’t Rangers baseball without Pudge. It was after I was in college that my dad finally convinced me that the Rangers had a totally new young team that was really good and I started to get back into it.
For the past several years, whenever Pudge’s team comes to Arlington to play the Rangers, I have to go. I went this year on June 17 to see the Rangers play the Astros, and I got to see Pudge catch his 2227th game, breaking the record set by Carlton Fisk for most games caught of all time. By any catcher EVER.
Here’s a summary of what Wikipedia says about Pudge:
Since his time with Texas, Pudge has played for the Florida Marlins, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees (very briefly, thank God) and the Houston Astros.
 
When he made his big league debut with the Rangers in 1991, he was the youngest catcher in a majors at 19 years old.

No other catcher in the past 35 years of the majors has been as successful at catching basestealers, with Pudge throwing out 48% of attempted basestealers through May 2006.

In 1992, he started 112 games behind the plate and was the youngest player in the major leagues for the 2nd year in a row.
In 1994, Rodríguez led the American League in batting average among catchers, at .298. He caught Kenny Rogers’ perfect game on July 28, 1994.

He had his first multi-home run game in 1995, hitting both home runs off All-Star Roger Clemens.

In 1996, Pudge set an MLB record for most doubles by a catcher with 44 doubles over the season. He also set the MLB record for at-bats by a catcher in a single season that year, with 639.
With the Texas Rangers, he had a batting average of over .300 for 8 consecutive years, from 1995-2002.
He is one of only 9 catchers in the history of Major League Baseball to win the MVP award (which he did in 1999). In 1999, Rodríguez was also the first catcher to have more than 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored in the history of Major League Baseball.
Pudge holds the distinction of being the first catcher in the history of the league to get more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.
He is one of only six players who have concluded a 30-homer season with more homers than walks (34 HR, 24 BB).
In 2000, Rodríguez appeared in just 91 games, which was the fewest that he appeared in since his first season in the league, 1991. On July 24, Rodríguez suffered a season-ending injury in a game against the Anaheim Angels. While trying to make a throw to second base, his thumb made contact with the swing of Mo Vaughn’s bat. He fractured his right thumb and underwent surgery the next day. This injury caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Rodríguez returned to full action in 2001 and had another All-Star season. He was selected to his 9th straight MLB All-Star Game in a row in 2001, which tied the all time record set by Johnny Bench. He also tied Bench’s record of 10 straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in a row.

Pudge has been selected to the All-Star Team 14 total times, and he has 13 total Gold Gloves

New lineup

Wash has had some problems with figuring out his lineup this year, but I think he’s finally figured it out. Last night, Ian Kinsler (2B) was back in the lineup after spending 15 days on the Disabled List, and Wash decided to play with Kinsler’s spot in the lineup instead of plugging him back into his normal lead-off spot. Here was the lineup for last night’s game, the 2nd game in the series:
1. Julio Borbon (LF)
2. Michael Young (3B)
3. David Murphy (RF)
4. Marlon Byrd (CF)
5. Josh Hamilton (DH)
6. Ian Kinsler (2B)
7. Hank Blalock (1B)
8. Taylor Teagarden (C)
9. Elvis Andrus (SS)

I like this lineup. A lot. I still don’t think it’s perfect, but it definitely works. I’m still not too sure about Murph in the 3 hole; I think they should move Josh Hamilton to 3, Hank Blalock to 5, and David Murphy to 7. But otherwise, it’s a great start. I love Julio Borbon in the lead-off spot and Kins in the bottom half of the lineup.

The trade deadline has come and gone…

…and no Roy Halliday. No anybody.

There is no news of the Rangers being involved in any trades. Apparently, Toronto wanted 4 prospects/players for Halladay, including Derek Holland and Justin Smoak. Julio Borbon and Tommy Hunter’s names were also supposedly mentioned, but I don’t know if they wanted all 4 of those guys together or if those were just a few of many names that were thrown around. But apparently, the Rangers said “No way, absolutely not” to giving up Derek Holland. I don’t see how the Rangers could consider handing over both Holland AND Hunter, since both are in our starting rotation, and we would only be getting 1 starter in return. Who would be our 5th starter if we gave up both of our stellar rookies? {ugh} I shudder to think of the ramifications of a deal like that. So, I’m REALLY GLAD they didn’t made a trade.

I’ve been watching/listening to MLB.com’s “Trade Deadline Live” coverage for the last few hours, and I just heard Ken Rosenthal say that the Blue Jays’ shot at getting the best deal for Halladay would have been before this deadline. But I guess they must not think so. Anyway, who knows if we’ll be talking about Roy Halladay again in August or in the off-season trade talks? Maybe this will be one of those things where, a few years down the line, we say “hey, remember when the Rangers were talking about giving up [insert prospect’s name here] for Roy Halladay?” “I’m so glad we didn’t do that” or “Man, I wish we could have done that!” Only time will tell.