(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
Beau Vaughn’s Blog (Beau Knows Diddly)
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.”
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.