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Guilder Rodriguez purchased

  • IF Guilder Rodriguez purchased from AA Frisco
  • P Yu Darvish moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: This seems like a “reward the long time minor leaguer” with a callup.   21 games left in the season, and you call up a guy with 13 years of experience covering slightly over 1,000 games.   Not the long term answer of course, but a nice move by the team for a guy like that.

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September Callups

  • P Lisalverto Bonilla recalled from AAA
  • IF Luis Sardinas recalled from AAA
  • P Nick Tepesch recalled from AAA
  • P Michael Kirkman purchased from AAA
  • P Tanner Scheppers moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, this is the September callups.  Oddly enough, of the five names above, only one of them is truly “new”.  The rest have made appearances for the Rangers somewhere before.   That’s the way this season has gone.   Bonilla is the other guy we got in the Michael Young trade. I’ll be curious to see what Bonilla can do, the rest of the guys we know about already.

There’s actually one more we’ll bring up on Thursday, but he’s not ready quite yet, I believe for a personal reason.

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Several Roster Moves

  • P Robbie Ross recalled from AAA
  • P Derek Holland activated from 60 day DL and recalled
  • P Nick Tepesch optioned to AAA
  • IF/OF Nick Carp designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, this isn’t the big “September callup”, but it kind of feels like it.  Robbie Ross was called up to cover Miles Mikolas, who was scratched.   Nick Tepesch was sent down, and Nick Carp was DFA’ed.    However, oddly enough Derek Holland was formally activated today, which is odd, as he’s not starting until Tuesday in Kansas City.  That they’d bring him up a few days ahead of time was a bit of a puzzler.   Nice to see him come back, I’m sure it’s more for his head than anything else, as it won’t make any difference in the standings.  :)

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Adduci to concussion DL

  • 1B/OF Jim Adduci placed on 7 day concussion DL
  • IF/OF Ryan Rua purchased from AAA
  • P Phil Irwin placed on release waivers [ Link ]

NOTES: Jim Adduci was placed on the concussion DL after banging his head on the wall sliding to catch a foul ball.   Felt bad for him, because while no one wants any injury to happen, I hate seeing ones like that, where they get hurt hurt just playing the game, not doing anything dumb, or stupid or anything like that.

Ryan Rua is the latest in the line of “who” filling our 25 man roster this season.

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Tomas Telis purchased, Choo done for season

  • OF Shin-Soo Choo placed on 15 day DL (retro to Aug 24)
  • OF Michael Choice recalled from AAA
  • C Tomas Telis purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, the barrage of injuries continues, even way past the point where it will make any difference.  Shin-Soo Choo has been officially shut down for the rest of the 2014 season with a bone spur in his elbow.  It’s only year one, so I’m not ready to put his contract signing up there with Chan Ho Park, but so far, this feels like bust.  I hope he turns it around next year.   Michael Choice was called up, another guy I had super high hopes for when the season started.

In other news, Tomas Telis (who?) was purchased from AAA, and becomes the 57th overall player the Rangers will have used on the big club this year when he actually starts.   He’ll also be the 13th player making his major league debut for us in 2014.   Just wow.

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Geovany Soto traded to A’s

  • C Geovany Soto traded to Oakland A’s for cash [ Link ]

NOTES: The parade of backup catchers being moved out continues with Geovany Soto being moved to the A’s.  He’s not going to be here in 2015 anyway.  Would have liked some sort of spare part at least, but it was a trade for cash.  I always liked Soto when he came up with the Cubs originally.  Shame he lost his ability to hit almost after his first season in the bigs.  Good catcher, can’t hit worth a darn, though.

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Geovany Soto traded to A’s

  • C Geovany Soto traded to Oakland A’s for cash [ Link ]

NOTES: The parade of backup catchers being moved out continues with Geovany Soto being moved to the A’s.  He’s not going to be here in 2015 anyway.  Would have liked some sort of spare part at least, but it was a trade for cash.  I always liked Soto when he came up with the Cubs originally.  Shame he lost his ability to hit almost after his first season in the bigs.  Good catcher, can’t hit worth a darn, though.

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C Chris Gimenez traded to Indians

  • C Chris Gimenez traded to Cleveland for $100,000 in cash [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Gimenez I liked.  He wasn’t going to be a Pudge, but he was an OK backup.   However, likely not going to be here next season, so probably good to give him some playing time elsewhere for the rest of the season.   He was outrighted to the Rangers minors system, and with their season over, moving him elsewhere probably allows him to play in the bigs for the rest of the 2

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Chris Gimenez traded to Indians

  • C Chris Gimenez traded to Cleveland for $100,000 in cash [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Gimenez I liked.  He wasn’t going to be a Pudge, but he was an OK backup.   However, likely not going to be here next season, so probably good to give him some playing time elsewhere for the rest of the season.   He was outrighted to the Rangers minors system, and with their season over, moving him elsewhere probably allows him to play in the bigs for the rest of the 2014 season.

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Jon Edwards Purchased

  • P Jon Edwards purchased from AAA
  • P Robbie Ross optioned back to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, so much for the second go around of Robbie Ross. Back to the pile with him.   In his place is another guy who I’ve never heard of pitching for the Rangers.  It’s very much a theme this season.

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Robbie Ross Back

  • P Robbie Ross recalled from AAA
  • P Nate Adcock optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: The way this season has gone, might as well try Robbie Ross again.   Not confident there, though.

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Darvish to DL

  • P Yu Darvish placed on 15 day DL
  • P Alex Claudio purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, it was inevitable.   Darvish is on the DL.  Initial reports are saying “elbow inflammation”.   Not the words I wanted to hear about him.   That phrase in my mind leads to larger problems.  Hope we’re not going there.

This is also the 24th roster move the Rangers have made this season because of the disabled list – a major league record.

As for Alex Claudio, hope the kid comes up and isn’t knocked around, be nice to have a kid come up and do well.  Especially this season.

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Soto back from DL – again

  • C Geovany Soto activated from DL
  • P Jerome Williams designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Soto is back again.  Jerome Williams is gone.  Can’t think of anything terribly exciting to say about either move at the moment.  Still annoyed at the DFA of Gimenez from a few days ago.  :(

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Chris Gimenez DFA

  • C Chris Gimenez removed from paternity leave list and designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTE: That’s a pretty uncool thing to do, IMO.  I know about the “business” of all of it, but man, cutting the guy loose when he’s home dealing with a brand new baby?   I lost a job I loved dearly six days before my son was born, and that sucked.   Really did not enjoy hearing this news – not from a baseball standpoint, but from a human standpoint.  Bleargh.  :)

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Mike Carp

  • IF Mike Carp acquired on waiver claim from Boston Red Sox
  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 60 day DL [ Link ] – Aug 3
  • IF Mike Carp added to active roster
  • C Chris Gimenez placed on paternity list [ Link ] – Aug 4

NOTES: Mike Carp was claimed on waivers from Boston on Sunday and then added to the roster on Monday.  He’s a player that had an awesome 2013 season, and then fell down in 2014, and was dfa by Boston.  A friend of mine who is a Sox fan says he can be a great player if you give him time to play, something he didn’t really get in 2014 in Boston.   We shall see.  :)

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Phil Klein purchased

  • P Phil Klein purchased from AAA
  • P Ryan Feierabend designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: The pitching carousel continues.

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Jerome Williams purchased

  • P Jerome Williams purchased from AAA
  • OF Jake Smolinski placed on 15 day DL (retro to Jul 22)
  • P Justin Marks designated for assignment
  • P Joseph Ortiz activated from 60 day DL and optioned to AA
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: The last two there were mostly just procedural.  Smokin’ Joe Ortiz was activated, but optioned immediately.  Kouzmanoff, who I was bummed went to the DL (and someone probably won’t play for the Rangers again) was moved to the 60 to make room.

However, the bigger news is Jerome Williams.  Formerly of the Angels, he was purchased on Friday to make the start for the Rangers, becoming the 32nd pitcher used this season (including the two position players Mitch Moreland & Chris Gimenez).   Kind of a bummer about Smolinski, I was digging that kid.  But hey, we’d gone a few days without someone being hurt – it was overdue!

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Nate Adcock purchased

  • P Nate Adcock purchased from AAA
  • P Mitch Moreland moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: With Soria gone to Detroit, Nate Adcock is brought up to take his spot on the 25 man roster.   Moreland was moved to the 60 day DL to make room for Adcock on the 40 man.    Hmm.  another pitcher.  We’ve used a couple this year already.  :)

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Soria traded to Detroit

  • P Joaquim Soria traded to Detroit Tigers for P Jake Thompson and P Corey Knebel. [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, with this season in the tank, moving some of the more valuable (but not TOO valuable) pieces was inevitable.  As many have said, you don’t need a real hot closer when you have the worst record in baseball, so we moved Soria to Detroit for two minor league pitchers.   I don’t know much about these kids other than what I heard on the Rangers post game show last night.  But the one thing that I think is the coolest about them is the fact that they were both in the Top 10 prospect list for the Detroit organisation.

Also, as a lesser thing, both inbound pitchers are from Texas, one of them from Rockwall, which is like a 2 minute drive from where I live.  From a baseball standpoint, that does’t mean anything, but it’s always cool to have local boys in the organization.

I’ll miss Soria. I liked his pickup originally, but the brain said we didn’t need him, even if the heart didn’t want to let him go.

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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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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.