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Adduci back

  • 1B Jim Adduci activated from 15 day DL
  • P Matt West optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Jim Adduci is off the DL for Monday’s game in Yankee stadium.  He’s one of those guys I always liked having on the team.  Kind of reminds me a bit of Herbert Perry.  Never going to light the world on fire, but a good, solid guy to have around.  Hope he is properly healed, and can help us.  We certainly need it.

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How Many in 2014?

Usually towards the end of the year, we always hear about how many players the Texas Rangers have used overall in any particular season. The Rangers are usually towards the high end of that list. Injuries, callups, usually make for a long list, and you tend to forget the guys who are here so quick that they don’t even have time for the proverbial “cup of coffee”. I’ve done this for the last five seasons, and it’s worked out pretty well. I’ve also gotten some positive feedback on it, so it’s become a permanent feature here.  If you’d like to see the final tallies for the other years I’ve done this, you can still see them here: [ 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 ] Anyway, this post will get bumped whenever there is a player who is making his first appearance for the Texas Rangers in 2014.  I am going to count guys who get called up, but don’t play immediately (or sometimes don’t play at all), as they will be part of the 25 man roster officially. So here goes.

The most recent additions will be on the top of the list.

Total players in 2014: 50
Total pitchers used in 2014: 30 *
Total position players used in 2014: 22 *
Total players making major league debut: 9

  • #50 - Ryan Feierabend (Jul 13, replaced Aaron Poreda, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #49 – Matt West (Jul 10, replaced Phil Irwin, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #48 – Phil Irwin (Jul 8, replaced Nick Martinez, who was placed on the DL)
  • #47 – Roman Mendez (Jul 7, replaced Michael Choice, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #46 – Jake Smolinski (Jul 7, replaced Donnie Murphy, who was designated for assignment)
  • #45 – Neftali Feliz (Jul 4, replaced Ben Rowen, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #44 – Adam Rosales (Jun 30, replaced Luis Sardinas who was optioned to AAA)
  • #43 – Carlos Pena (Jun 24 – replaced Brad Snyder, who was designated for assignment)
  • #42 – Ben Rowen (Jun 11 – replaced Tanner Scheppers, who was placed on the DL)
  • #41 – Brad Snyder (Jun 10 – replaced Mitch Moreland, who was placed on the DL)
  • #40 – Miles Mikolas (May 14 – replaced Matt Harrison, who was placed on the DL)
  • #39 – Nick Tepesch (May 14 – replaced Martin Perez, who was placed on the DL)
  • #38 – Justin Germano (May 8 – replaced Scott Baker, who was designated for assignment)
  • #37 – Rougned Odor (May 8 – replaced Josh Wilson, who was designated for assignment)
  • #36 – Scott Baker (May 7 – replaced Daniel Robertson, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #35 – Matt Harrison (Apr 27 – replaced Luis Sardinas who was optioned to AAA)
  • #34 – Daniel Robertson (Apr 23 – replaced Pedro Figueroa, who went to DL)
  • #33 – Luis Sardinas (Apr 19 – replaced Jim Adduci, who went to DL)
  • #32 – Aaron Poreda (Apr 18 – replaced Tanner Scheppers, who went to DL)
  • #31 – Colby Lewis (Apr 14 – replaced Daniel McCutchen, who was designated for assignment)
  • #30 – Hector Noesi (Apr 13 – replaced Adrian Beltre, who went to DL)
  • #29 – Kevin Kouzmanoff (Apr 9 – replaced Seth Rosin, who was designated for assignment)
  • #28 – Yu Darvish (Apr 6 – replaced Nick Martinez, who was sent to AA)
  • #27 – Nick Martinez (Apr 5 – replaced Daniel McCutchen, who was sent to AA)
  • #26 - Daniel McCutchen (Apr 1 – replaced Chris Gimenez, who was designated for assignment)

#25 to #1: Neal Cotts, Pedro Figueroa, Jason Frasor, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Seth Rosin, Robbie Ross, Jr., Joe Saunders, Tanner Scheppers, Joakim Soria, Shawn Tolleson, J.P. Arencibia, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson, Jim Adduci, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland, Alex Rios.  (the original 25 is not in any particular order)

Players making their Making Major League Debut are bolded

Roster Notes:

  • * The total number of pitchers/position players do not add up because Mitch Moreland (May 6) and Chris Gimenez (Jul 10) both pitched an inning and count as both a position player and as a pitcher.
  • Apparently the Rangers don’t officially count guys who are called up and sent down without actually playing (Miles Mikolas) – but I do.
  • In 2014, the Rangers have just one in the original opening day 25 that were making their major league debuts (Seth Rosin).  The previous years’ counts in that regard were two in 2013 (Leury Garcia & Smokin’ Joe Ortiz), 2012 (Darvish & Ross), one in 2011 (Mason Tobin), none in 2010, one in 2009 (Elvis Andrus), and one in 2008 (Kaz Fukumori).
  • We have 11 players making their debut as Texas Rangers: Pedro Figueroa, Seth Rosin, Joe Saunders, Shawn Tolleson, J.P. Arencibia, Chris Gimenez, Prince Fielder, Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo.  
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Ryan Feierabend purchased

  • P Ryan Feierabend (#68) purchased from AAA
  • P Aaron Poreda optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Ryan Feierabend becomes the 50th different player the Rangers have used on the big league club in 2014.  That sets a new major league record for most players on the roster before the All-Star break.

In other news, Jim Adduci was assigned to AA Frisco for a rehab assignment, and Engel Beltre was removed from his rehab assignment, and remains on the 60 day DL.

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More changes

  • P Phil Irwin optioned to AAA
  • P Matt West recalled from AAA
  • C Geovany Soto moved from AAA to AA for rehab [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Irwin got his cup of coffee.  Matt West is recalled from AAA to take his spot.  This is really starting to feel like musical chairs where I have no idea who is playing.

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Nick Martinez to DL

  • P Nick Martinez placed on 15 day DL, retro to Jul 2
  • P Phil Irwin recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Sigh.

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Michael Choice sent down

  • P Roman Mendez (#55) recalled from AAA
  • OF Jake Smolinski (#20) contract purchased from AAA
  • OF Michael Choice optioned to AAA
  • IF Donnie Murphy designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Michael Choice, who was super hot coming out of spring training has been anything but in the majors.  Finally had enough, I would imagine, and sent him down.  Donnie Murphy was always kind of a spare plug kind of player.  Didn’t dislike him, but he didn’t exactly set the world on fire.  Time to check out another couple of kids, both of which will be making their major league debuts when they play.

They also said we’ll have another pitcher starting tomorrow making a debut, so the carousel continues to turn.

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Neftali Feliz is back

  • P Neftali Feliz recalled from AAA
  • P Ben Rowen optioned to AAA
  • P Joe Saunders placed on release waivers [ Link ]

NOTES: Neftali Feliz makes his return to the Rangers roster, and Ben Rowen was sent down.  Ben Rowen I rather liked, but Feliz, if he truly is healthy and ready can be a massive asset.   I think this is a lost season at this point, but still, Feliz has got to be better than most of the other optiosn we’ve been running out there lately.

Just in case anyone was holding on hope (snicker) that Saunders might pass through waivers and be outrighted..  The Rangers put him on release waivers today.  He’s done.

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Joe Saunders DFA’ed

  • P Miles Mikolas (#36) recalled from AAA
  • P Joe Saunders designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!

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Rosales back

  • IF Adam Rosales (#9) purchased from AAA
  • IF Luis Sardinas optioned to AAA
  • P Cory Burns claimed by Tampa Bay off waivers [ Link ]

NOTES: None of these guys are a real long term solution, but I suspect the team felt they were better off with a slightly more experienced player (Rosales) than Sardinas on the bench.

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Carlos Pena is back

  • 1B Carlos Pena (#21) purchased from AAA
  • 1B/OF Brad Snyder designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Carlos Pena is back.  I’m not expecting much from him, but he can hardly be any worse than who was playing there after Moreland went down.  Thing is, can Pena take over the club lead in strikeouts given he’s missed so much of the season so far? I  think he can!

There’s a story on the MLB site about getting a “fresh start” with the Rangers this year.   I hope it goes better with his fresh starts with the A’s, the Tigers, the Red Sox, the Rays, the Cubs, the Astros, & the Royals.

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Ross optioned

  • P Aaron Poreda recalled from AAA
  • P Robbie Ross optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Robbie Ross pitched his way out of the starting rotation, and now has pitched himself off the roster.  He hasn’t been the same pitcher this year, that’s for sure.  Poreda is back for his third stint with the club.   Not sure what’s up with Ross, he was pretty darned good last year.  Not his year – but that’s par for the course for the entire team this year, I think.

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Scheppers BACK to DL

  • P Tanner Scheppers placed on 15 day DL
  • P Ben Rowen (#39) recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Seriously?  I’ve run out of ways to describe guys going to the DL at this point.

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Moreland to DL

  • 1B Mitch Moreland placed on 15 day DL
  • 1B/OF Brad Snyder (#64) purchased from AAA
  • P Matt Harrison moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Because why not?  Everyone else is hurt.  At this point, I’m expecting Ron Washington or Jon Daniels to go on the DL.

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Scheppers Back

  • P Tanner Scheppers activated from 15 day DL
  • P Aaron Poreda optioned to AAA
  • OF Jim Adduci sent on rehab assignment at AAA [ Link ]

NOTE: Scheppers is back from his DL stint.  I really hope his awful pitching early in the season really was just from him being hurt, as he was doing well until the season started.

Poreda becomes this year’s up and down guy.  Up and down all the time.  :)

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Ogando to DL

  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 15 day DL
  • P Aaron Poreda recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Our very own Joba Chamberlin (Ogando) is back on the DL again, a frequent event with him.  I wouldn’t call him injury porone…. oh who am I kidding?  He’s a train wreck, it seems.    Been pitching bad this year (especially lately).

Shrug.

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Rangers get Jason Donald

  • IF Jason Donald acquired from Kansas City Royals for Cash [ Link ]

NOTE: Don’t know much about him, but again, injuries seem to be driving everything we’re doing this year so far.  he’s going on paternity leave immediately, and then he’ll get assigned over the weekend to Round Rock’s roster.

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Saunders back

  • P Joe Saunders activated from 15 day DL
  • P Aaron Poreda optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTE: It is a pretty good indicator of the sad shape of our rotation due to injuries that someone like Joe Saunders is seen as a stabilizer.  Bleargh.

 

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Prince Fielder put on DL

  • 1B Prince Fielder placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 17
  • IF Donnie Murphy recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, crap.  Whatever voodoo Ian Kinsler is running from Detroit is working.  Fielder goes on the DL for the first time in his career.  If the injury they’re talking about is the cause for his power outage, it would explain a lot, especially given his drop in power going back to Detroit last season.  He’s out for the year, if not officially, definitely realistically.

Donnie Murphy is back in the latest round of musical chairs roster moves.

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Gimenez back

  • C Chris Gimenez purchased from AAA
  • C JP Arencebia optioned to AAA
  • P Martin Perez moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: JP Arencebia simply was not producing, and while he’s good on defense, his offense was so horrible, it cost him his spot on the roster.  Sent to AAA.  Chris Gimenez was purchased from there.  Chris returns after being part of the original opening day 25 man roster, and then sent out before ever playing at all.  So he’ll be looking to make his technical 2014 debut, even if he was already on the roster earlier this season.

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Daniel Robertson Returns

  • OF Daniel Robertson recalled from AAA
  • P Miles Mikolas optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Moving pieces around.

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The worst possible day

This tweet from Anthony Andro sums it up pretty good.

On to the transactions:

  • P Nick Tepesch recalled from AAA
  • P Scott Baker purchased from AAA
  • P Martin Perez placed on 15 day DL
  • P Justin Germano designated for assignment [ Link ]
  • P Matt Harrison placed on 15 day DL
  • P Miles Mikolas recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: The worst part of this transaction sheet is that the biggest news of the day: Matt Harrison.   Harrison will need spinal fusion surgery, and from the way they’re talking, it could be a career ending procedure.  Additionally, Martin Perez will likely need Tommy John surgery, so he’s over for 2014, and realistically for most of 2015, as well.  That’s a damn shame.  Liked both these guys a lot, and was really hoping they’d pull through and help the team.   Pretty bad day for the Rangers, that’s for sure.  :(

Hopefully Nick Tepesch can show some of that form he had last year, as we need the help.  There’s no doubt about that.  Sad part is that we’re likely to see Joe Saunders again. Ick.

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Sardinas, Odor, & Germano – Oh My!

  • IF Luis Sardinas recalled from AA
  • IF Rougned Odor purchased from AA
  • P Justin Germano purchased from AAA
  • IF Donnie Murphy placed on 15 day DL
  • IF Josh Wilson designated for assignment
  • P Scott Baker designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Oh my.  This is reading a bit like a spring training transaction sheet.  The number of guys coming and going this year will set some sort of major league record if it keeps up, I would imagine.  I don’t know much about the guys coming up, except that Odor is a big talent.  Perhaps not a big a name as Jurickson Profar was when he first came up, but a big name anyway.

Josh Wilson didn’t bother me so much.  He wasn’t any long term answer, but I liked him – always like backup players like that.

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Scott Baker Brought Up

  • P Scott Baker purchased from AAA
  • P Daniel Robertson optioned to AAA
  • P Pedro Figureroa moved from 15 to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: At the rate we’re (not) pitching lately, we needed a fresh arm.  That is what I suspect this move is about.

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Matt Harrison Back

  • P Matt Harrison activated from the 15 day DL
  • IF Luis Sardinas optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Matt Harrison makes his first start in a year or so, since he pitched the first two games of the 2013 season then went on the DL.  He had more surgeries than starts last season.  :(   Hopefully he is good right from the start, as it would further help our cause, which surprisingly hasn’t left us sunk in April.

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Dan Robertson acquired

  • OF Dan Robertson acquired from San Diego Padres for cash.
  • OF Dan Robertson purchased from AAA
  • P Pedro Figueroa placed on 15 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES:  The decimation of our roster continues.  Another pitcher goes down, and with what I was reading about him, it sounds like it COULD be that injury that requires Tommy John surgery, in which case Figueroa is done for QUITE a long time.   I read somewhere that we had no other position players on the 40 man roster that could be brought up, so they traded for Dan Robertson of the Padres.  I know nothing about him, except he is going to be making his major league debut whenever he plays.   Exciting for that kid, that’s for sure!

Hope for the best for Figueroa.    John Blake of the Rangers tweeted this out today, and it seems telling of our current situation: