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Several Moves

  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz recalled from AAA
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AAA
  • IF Jeff Baker placed on 15 day DL, retro to Jun 13
  • 1B Chris McGuiness optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  McGuinness wasn’t doing much, so he was an obvious candidate to go to AAA if someone had to go.  Jeff Baker going to the DL is unfortunate, I’ve rather liked how he’s been going.    Smokin’ Joe is back (I’m still calling him that – pbbbbt), probably due to bullpen fatigue.  I’m not entirely sure why they called up a third catcher at the moment, though.

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Kinsler Back

  • 2B Ian Kinsler activated off 15 day DL
  • IF Leury Garcia optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Kinsler is back from his stint on the disabled list.   Given our offense has been pretty lethargic the last week or so, his arrival could help.  Assuming he doesn’t pop out 70% of the time like he usually does.

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Stopping For Now

I’ll get straight to the point.  After much consideration, I’ve decided to stop doing the daily updates here.

Since I dropped cable TV, my ability to keep up with Rangers games has been really impacted.  Those who have followed my site would have heard me rant about that.  However, one thing that also has changed a lot since last season is the fact that I am working again.    That has taken up more of my time than I anticipated.  I tend to work strange hours, and my need to timeshift the games is even more of an issue than it was before.  Before, I could get away with it, because I wasn’t working, and could devote more time to the games, especially since I had to listen to them when they happened due to radio.  Work has impacted that more than I thought it would.

I tried this season to keep it going, but about 3 times, I’ve fallen behind on updates of like 10 games.  When the team has played only 64 – that’s a lot.  When I fell behind most recently, I started thinking of doing the catch up work and quite frankly, I just didn’t want to.  Most of the games during the week I just miss totally anymore.   What time I get in the evenings that I’m not working is now spent with my kids and wife.  That’s NO complaint, just a reality.  They deserve my time more than the baseball games do.   By the time I’m done with them, the games are over.  There’s been a game or two in the last few weeks that I got notified via email it was over, and I didn’t even realize they were playing.   I also realized that I never updated my roster page once the team broke camp back at the end of Spring Training.  That’s fallen way behind, and right now I don’t have really have the desire (much less the time) to go through all that and update it.

Due to all this, I’ve decided this is the time to stop trying to force myself to do daily updates.   The above is why.  However, I’m not stopping cold turkey.  I’m not taking the site down.  I will leave it here, I’ve put a lot of work into this since I started in December 1998.  Going forward, I will still maintain these parts:

  • Transactions – Logging the transactions still will allow (force?) me to keep up with changes.   Plus this year I started adding commentary on transactions.  
  • “How Many in 2013″.  I’ve rather enjoying keeping track of that the last few seasons.  It ties in mostly to transactions, but I’ve had some nice compliments on that, so I’ll keep doing it.
  • Uniform Number History – that’s been a thing I’ve REALLY enjoyed more than any other on the site.  I’ve gotten personal communications from Victor Rojas (when he was here), and Eric Nadel about the usefulness of that, so with those in mind, I will make sure that gets updated going forward.

Plus, when the mood strikes, I’ll say something.   But it’s obvious to anyone that I’ve pulled back, but in my mind I still saw it as something that needed to be updated every day.  By releasing myself from that, I think I can enjoy the thing a bit more, and perhaps not stress out so much about missing bits.   I’m still going to follow the team, I’m still going to be paying attention where I can (given the boundaries I set out above).  I’m still going to be a Rangers fan, and I’m keeping up (the sinkhole in the stadium today – see!! :), just not as visibly on these pages.

Thanks to all who have visited me over the years, and as I said – not going away, just changing focus.

Thanks, and God Bless You!

Joe

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Multiple Moves

  • P Michael Kirkman placed on 15 day DL, retro to Jun 7
  • P Kyle McClellan purchased from AAA
  • P Joakim Soria moved from 15 to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Michael Kirkman was placed on the DL for a reason you don’t want to be.  Nobody WANTS to be on the DL, but especially not this.  re-occurrence of his cutaneous lymphoma.  Uh, cancer.  That is a big ol’ pile of suck right there.   Will pray for him to get better.  I’ve known a few people with that, unfortunately.   Kyle McClellan, who’s been doing well in AAA lately, gets the call to replace him on the roster.  Joaqum Soria got transferred from 15 to 60 day DL in a procedural move.

  • P Alexi Ogando placed om 15 day DL
  • P Josh Lindblom recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Ogando just came back, and now he’s gone again.  That always strikes me as a “came back too fast” move.  There’s some noise in the press that when he comes back, he might go back to the bullpen – for good.  I thought we had decided this already.  Is he turning into our own Joba Chamberlin?   Lindblom comes back, who hasn’t exactly thrilled me this season.  We’ll see how it goes.

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Moreland to DL

  • 1B Mitch Moreland placed on 15 day DL
  • P Colby Lewis moved from 15 day to 60 day DL
  • IF Chris McGuiness purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Moreland got hurt running the bases, which was a shame, as he’s been doing decently this season.  Didn’t want to lose him, and more to the point his momentum.   Colby Lewis wasn’t progressing as well as expected, so he was moved to the 60 day DL to make roster room for Chris McGuiness, who had his contract purchased, and will be making his major league debut.  That’s always fun, but hate when it comes at the expense of someone else.  Of course, it almost always does.

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Ogando Back

  • P Alexi Ogando activated from 15 day DL
  • P Joe Ortiz optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Smokin’ Joe Ortiz (screw that, I’m still using the name) hasn’t been so smokin’ lately, so when it was time for Alexi Ogando to come off the DL, he was the casualty.  Shame, as I’ve liked Ortiz.  But you gotta get the job done.

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G50: Rangers lose in 13 to M’s, 4-3

Well, shit.  Thanks Joe Nathan.

Although, it was a nice catch by David Murphy to keep the game from ending in the bottom of the ninth when Nathan almost gave up TWO home runs.

Still, I don’t think anyone will have a problem with a 32-18 record after 50 games at all.  :)

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G49: Holland bests Hernandez, 5-2

I could write a lot about this game.   But this is all that matters to me:

Derek Holland: 6.2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 10K – W
Felix Hernandez: 5.2IP, 11H, 5R, 1BB, 9K, – L

Done.

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Harrison to 60 day DL

  • P Matt Harrison moved from 15 day to 60 day DL
  • OF Joe Benson claimed on waivers from Twins and optioned to AA [ Link ]

NOTES: The claim of Benson is a “yeah OK” kind of transaction to me.  Don’t know anything about the guy.   Harrison going to the 60 day DL, though is more of a concern.  Now I know sometimes guys are moved around like that when room needs to be made for some other roster move, and they’re not really needed to be made.   But there has been some noise lately that Harrison is not progressing as he should, and his being moved to the 60 day DL is not a good sign.  :(

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G48: Rangers beat Mariners, 9-5

While I started watching this game on Friday – it was the one free TV game this week on regular television.   I unfortunately fell asleep watching it.  I guess as I get closer to 50, this kind of thing is going to be happening more often.  :(      [Read more...]

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Lowe Gone, Teahen in

  • P Derek Lowe placed on unconditional release waivers
  • IF Mark Teahen signed to minor league contract [ Link ]

NOTES: I guess we soured on Derek Lowe in a hurry.  I thought he was doing decently early on, and while I won’t say he was great or anything, I didn’t think he was the “holy crap, we need to dump this guy NOW” kind of pitcher.  He’ll probably catch on somewhere.  Mark Teahen is a name I know from playing fantasy baseball the last few years.  I know I had him on a few teams some years ago.  Probably signed as infield insurance, I can’t imagine this is any attempt to bring him in full time or anything.

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G47: Wolf wins Rangers debut, 3-1

Whenever I see a new pitcher making his Rangers debut, for some reason I always think he’s making his major league debut.   I mean, unless you’re a seasoned vet like a Roy Oswalt or something like that, if it’s a guy that *I* never heard of before, then I think “rookie”.  That was not the case with Wednesday’s starter Ross Wolf.  Wolf started for the Rangers, and for me, seemed to come out of nowhere.   Oh, you don’t just truly come out of nowhere, but I did think “Who is this guy?”   Turns out this guy was a great pitcher – at least for this night. [Read more...]

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G46: Rangers lose 1-0 game to A’s

This is a game I’ve written about several times over the now 15th season I’ve written about Rangers game for this blog.  1-0 losses can only be described one way, really.   You had outstanding pitching, but your offense was dead.  There really is no other story behind a 1-0 loss, is there? [Read more...]

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Several Roster Moves

  • C AJ Pierzynski activated from 15 day DL
  • C Robinson Chirinos optioned to AAA
  • P Neal Cotts purchased from AAA
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: As I wrote the other day, Lindblom was someone whose minor league numbers said he would come up and do decently.   Well, that didn’t happen as such.   He came up, got hit around, and sent back down.   The Lindblom gamble cost Derek Lowe his roster spot, as he was DFA’ed (and not just sent down (granted, 13 earned runs in 13 innings will do that).   Still, Lindblom looked better numbers wise in the minors this year than he did in the spring.   Chirinos was just keeping the seat warm for AJ anyway, so that’s no surprise.    I don’t think Cotts is here long term, either.  We have a doubleheader coming up Monday, and that always means some weird roster moves.  I don’t see Cotts being here past next Monday, if not sooner.

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Catching Up, sorta

Hey, I’ve fallen behind in game updates again.   I’m now down 11 games, and I’m not feeling particularly interested in writing about the Rangers.  Last week I had a death in the family, and then there’s the tornadoes we had in the DFW area a week ago, and then tonight the mess in Oklahoma.  I think I’m just going to skip writing about those games, as I’m really NOT in the mood to write about baseball at the moment.

I am however, going to go through the transactions and bring that up to speed, and I already brought my “How Many in 2013″ up to speed.   I did see that the move they made today to get Josh Lindblom up will be negated before tomorrow, as he’s going back down.  Odd move, as it effectively jettisons Derek Lowe.   I’ll have more to say about that in the actual transaction.

I know from my traffic logs, I don’t have a ton of high level traffic, and that’s OK.  I used to care about that, I don’t as much anymore.   But still, for those that do follow me, I don’t like getting that far behind.   Sorry about that.  :)

I also realized I never updated my roster page for the start of the season.   Part of that is because I haven’t been to a game this year, and haven’t been able to pick up a media guide, which is what I usually use for that.  I’ll get to that when I get a copy of the media guide.  Anyone who goes to the game be interested in picking me up one and sending it my way?  Let me know.

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Lindblom up

  • P Josh Lindblom recalled from AAA
  • P Derek Lowe designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTE: The Rangers needed a starter, so Josh Lindblom was brought up from AAA to do that.   He didn’t do too well in the spring, but he’s had good numbers at AAA so far this year.  4-0, 2.08 ERA in 8 games (7 started) for the Express.  So it was a good choice there.  I am a bit surprised that it cost Derek Lowe his roster spot.  Especially because they had two open spots on the 40 man roster after this move, so they didn’t have to DFA Lowe.  I guess they just wanted to, and this was a timely decision.

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Kinsler to DL

  • 2B Ian Kinsler placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 18
  • 2B Jurickson Profar recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, there’s not much to say about this other than I don’t like it.  Kinsler has been doing better overall this year than the last few.  Mostly (not completely) conquered his capt popup problem.   So I was’t thrilled at this.  From what I can gather, it won’t be a long stay, but you never want to take someone out of a groove.   Still, an appearance by Jurickson Profar will be good.  So long as he doesn’t just sit on the bench.

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Rehabs

  • P Justin Miller sent on rehab assignment (May 17)
  • C AJ Pierzynski sent on rehab assignment (May 18)

NOTES: Well, AJ’s return will probably happen.  Don’t see Miller cracking the major league roster when he’s done with rehab.

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Ogando to DL

  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 15 day DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Ogando has been hurt a bunch.   Not liking this.   Given he was delayed in starting his career due to the visa problems, he’s older than he should be based on major league service.  I wonder if this is age breakdown, something that isn’t likely to get better the more years we get into his career.  :(

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Perez activated from DL

  • P Martin Perez activated from 15 day DL, and optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Uh, OK.   Rehab time was up, and there was no spot, so he was technically optioned to AA, but he was already there on rehab.  Gotta love moves like that.  :)

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AJ to DL

  • C AJ Pierzynski placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 6
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AA [ Link ]

NOTES: AJ was doing quite well this season so far.  Good behind the plate, hitting the ball well, then he couldn’t do either.  Got hurt somewhere along the line, which was annoying, as I was starting to like what he was doing for the team.  Hopefully it’s not a long stay.

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G34: Holland looks good, Rangers win 4-1

Derek Holland had another good outing, but with a few too many hits.  He threw seven innings, but gave up ten hits.  It didn’t hurt him too much, as he allowed just one run.   93 pitches over those seven, so it was working fairly well, if again – too many hits to call it a dominant performance.

That’s all I’m gonna write about this one, other than to say Moreland had another home run – that’s two days in a row now. [Read more...]

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G33: Rangers lose again, this time 6-3 to Brewers

As last game could be the start of Nick Tepesch’s loss of his rotation spot when guys come back, this one could have been the start of Justin Grimm’s.   Eight hits and three walks combined for five runs in five innings.  Ugh.   However, all five runs came in the first inning.  That he came out beyond the first was a bit of a surprise.  But he did put up zeroes in innings 2-5.   That’s not bad, but the first inning was pretty far away from good.  Check that, VERY far away.

My man Smokin’ Joe Ortiz had another shutout inning.  Liking this guy a lot! [Read more...]

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G32: Rangers lose makeup against Cubs, 9-2

This was supposed to be a day off, but the Rangers had to make a trip to Chicago to make up a rainout from a couple of weeks ago against the Cubs.  It showed.  They were lethargic, and quite frankly looked like a tired team.

Nick Tepesch might be coming back to earth a bit.   As he was the starter, he did the “fly ahead early” ahead of the team to get some sleep.  It didn’t help.  He got knocked around.    Threw four innings, allowed six hits, four walks, and the first six Cubs runs; although one was unearned.   Given we now have Colby Lewis & Martin Perez about to hit rehab assignments, it looks like perhaps Tepesch will lose his spot if he pitches like this again.  Even if he straightens up, he’s likely to lose his spot anyway, as we’d need two slots for the other guys.   Still, I like the kid, and he’s done mostly pretty well this season.   [Read more...]

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Perez Rehab

  • P Martin Perez assigned to AA from Texas Rangers

This is mostly  procedural move, as he’s gone out for rehab assignments.   Felt so bad when he got hurt in the spring, as he was doing quite well.  Hopefully when he returns, he returns at the same level, and not as a “I have to find myself” kind of thing.