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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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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:

 

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Nick Martinez back

  • P Nick Martinez recalled from AAA
  • P Hector Noesi designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, the Nick Martinez experiment continues.  After his first game, people expected he’d be back, so I’ll be curious to see how he does.

It does bring to an end (mercifully) the Hector Noesi era of the Texas Rangers franchise.  He came “this close” to pitching the single worst inning pitched by any Rangers pitcher in franchise history.  I mean, if you’re gonna be bad, be REALLY bad.   :)

P.S.  Mark Clark?

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Jim Adduci to DL

  • IF Jim Adduci placed on 15 day DL
  • IF Luis Sardinas recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: I’ve liked Adduci.   He’s never gonna set the world on fire and be on SportsCenter every night, but he’s a good solid backup, and you need guys like that.  So I’ve liked him while he’s here.   Sardinas will be making his major league debut when he plays, and he’s wearing Arod’s old number (#3).  :)

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Tanner Scheppers to DL

  • P Tanner Scheppers placed on 15 day DL
  • P Aaron Poreda purchased from AAA
  • IF Andy Parrino designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Scheppers started the season with a lot of promise, he was doing well in spring training.  Opening day I think most people were content to let slide as jitters.  But it didn’t get better after that.  His numbers seemed really counter to what he was doing in spring training, so perhaps it was a late spring injury.   Aaron Poreda comes up, and I don’t know much about him, but his numbers before getting here look decent, so we’ll see how he goes.  Oddly enough Poreda last pitched in the majors in 2009 for the Padres!  Parrino I know NOTHING about, he was a waiver claim from Oakland on Mar 3, and now he’s gone.

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Colby Lewis arrives finally

  • P Colby Lewis purchased from AAA
  • P Daniel McCutchen designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Most fans felt Colby Lewis should have arrived earlier than April 14th – like on March 31st, but at least he’s here now.  Hopefully he can pull off another comeback like he did a few years ago, we could use it this season.   It cost Daniel McCutchen his roster spot.  I wasn’t attached to McCutchen, but he did well enough I thought.   Still, someone has to go, can’t keep 20 pitchers at once.

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Beltre to DL

  • 3B Adrian Beltre placed on 15 day DL, retro to Apr 9
  • P Hector Noesi added to active roster, after having been traded for on Apr 12 from Seattle for $ [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, it seems Beltre to the DL is a regular occurance at this point.  Don’t like it to be, as he still plays well hurt, but you don’t want to blow the guy out either.   His roster replacement, Hector Noesi, is a Mariners castoff.  Can’t imagine he’ll stay long here.   We’re really blowing through the roster moves this year!  :)

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Kouzmanoff arrives

  • IF Kevin Kouzmanoff purchased from AAA
  • P Seth Rosin designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Adrian Beltre came out of the game last night and looked hurt.  He’s not technically on the disabled list, but they did bring up Kevin Kouzmanoff.  Without Beltre going on DL, they needed to make a spot on the 25 and the 40, so Seth Rosin was DFA’ed.  He was a RUle 5 guy, so I suspect we won’t be allowed to keep him.  That’s a shame, as I really did like Rosin.

Bit worried about Beltre though – ick.

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Saunders to DL

  • P Joe Saunders placed on 15 day DL, retro to Apr 5
  • P Daniel McCutchen recalled from AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Can Saunders stay there?   My opinion of Joe Saunders:

donotwant

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Darvish activated

  • P Yu Darvish activated from 15 day DL
  • P Nick Martinez optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, you knew Yu Darvish was coming back for this date, as he was only going to miss one start.  You felt bad for Martinez, going back down after doing pretty well in his major league debut last night.  He surprised me.  Not that I expected him to do bad as such, but guys making their major league debuts as pitchers with us have a habit of deserving the send down the next day.  Not Martinez.  I suspect he’ll be back, that was a good performance by him.