Adam Rosales claimed

  • SS Adam Rosales claimed on waivers from Oakland A’s
  • OF Engel Beltre optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Uh, OK.   Not sure I get this one, but there you are.   Neftali Feliz & Michael Kirkman were sent out on rehab assignments, too.  That’s more interesting to me than the technical roster move here.


Ogando back

  • P Alexi Ogando activated from 15 day DL
  • P Matt Garza activated
  • P Cory Burns optioned to AAA
  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Alexi Ogando comes back, and I’ve pretty much lost faith in him as a starter at this point.  I really wish we’d just stop messing around, put him in the bullpen where he was significantly better, and look for an answer elsewhere.    We also activated Garza formally this day, so some of the “movable pieces” like Burns & Ortiz were on the road back to Round Rock.   Which is much closer to Driftwood, TX and the Salt Lick, so it’s not all bad for them.  :)


Garza acquired, Darvish Back

  • P Yu Darvish activated from 15 day DL
  • P Matt Garza acquired from Cubs via trade for CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, & 1/2 PTBNL’s [ Link ]

NOTES:  Well, Darvish is back from his “fake” stint on the DL.   However, the bigger news is that the Rangers got Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for what seems to be a hefty price for a rental player.  CJ Edwards I don’t know much about, but Justin Grimm & Mike Olt are both names.  Olt has had his stock drop a little this year, but last year, he was at the same level as “untouchable” as Jurickson Profar.   To me, his inclusion is HUGE.   Although it could be Justin Smoak again, big name, never fulfilled it.   Justin Grimm I have a love/hate with.  Sometimes I think he’s awesome, other times, get him out of here.  I don’t dislike the guy, but his performances weren’t consistent enough for me.   It would be nice if we could work it so Garza stayed here, but for now, he’s just here for the playoff run, so we’ll see how that goes first before addressing the truckloads of $ it will take to keep him later.


Some Post ASG Moves

  • P Wilmer Font optioned to AAA
  • C Robinson Chirinos optioned to AAA
  • IF/OF Jeff Baker activated from DL
  • OF Craig Gentry activated from DL [ Link ]

NOTES: No real surprises here, except possibly that we switched out a pitcher for a position player.   We sent down one of each, and activated two position players.  Hopefully Baker can pick up where he left off, he was doing quite well when he got hurt.  Font was pretty much here to hold a roster spot while Darvish was “on the DL” over the All Star break.


Darvish to DL

  • P Yu Darvish placed on 15 day DL (retro to July 7)
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA
  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz recalled from AAA
  • P Wilmer Font recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Much is made of Darvish being on the DL, completing the “Opening Day Starting Rotation on the DL all at the same time” list.   However, this is more about giving him a rest in the middle of the season.   Couple the DL assignment with a retroactive date, plus the All-Star game in the middle of it, and it effectively amounts to him just missing a single start.  I don’t think there’s anything major here, and the official DL designation (right trapezius strain) sounds like one of those made up things.    Wilmer Font adds to the list of pitchers we’ve used this year, which is really high.


Soria finally here

  • P Joaquim Soria reinstated from 60 day DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA
  • DH Lance Berkman placed on 15 day DL
  • P Nick Tepesch placed on 15 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES:  The only real comment I have here is about Soria.  When they signed him, I thought he was an underrated sign.  If he comes anywhere where he was at his peak with Kansas City, he’ll be huge.   Question is how will he fare now that he’s back?  Probably need a few weeks to determine that.    Tepesch on the DL means we have our entire starting rotation on the DL at the same time, I believe.   We’re still in the thick of it.  Testament to the rest of the guys pitching behind the original five, that’s for sure.


Manny Ramirez

  • OF/DH Manny Ramirez signed to a 1 year contract and assigned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  Normally I don’t report transactions on minor league signings with no corresponding major league move, because there’s a ton of them.  This one, however is not your garden variety minor league signing.   If you’re reading this page, you know Manny Ramirez.   I know a lot of people are bent out of shape for bringing him in.   It *IS* a bit of an eyebrow raiser, but I don’t object to it.   I’m kind of “meh” about the whole thing.   The Rangers are not bringing him up just for the show of having his name attached to the club.   If he does make it to the majors (which I’m not convinced of), then he will have earned it.   The way our offense is sputtering, we could use it – assuming he can actually still hit.


Kyle McClellan DFA’ed

  • P Kyle McClellan designated for assignment
  • P Josh Lindblom recalled from AAA

NOTES:  Trading one “meh” for another.


Earl Campbell’s Pants Fall Down



Gentry to DL

  • OF Craig Gentry placed on 15 day DL, retro to Jun 21
  • OF Engel Beltre recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Craig Gentry goes on the DL with a fracture in his left hand.  He hasn’t exactly been tearing it up, but hasn’t been bad, either.   Always hate to see that.  It does however, open a window for Engel Beltre.   If Beltre comes up and does well, I think between that and the way Leonys Martin has been playing this year it might spell the end of David Murphy’s time here.  Murph hasn’t exactly helped himself this year, either.   We’ll see how this goes.


Martin Perez back

  • P Martin Perez recalled from AAA
  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  Martin Perez is back.  I hope he can get a handle on a starting spot in the rotation, as he was looking REALLY good in the spring before he got hurt.  If he kept going at the rate he was then, I wonder if he’d have like 10 wins by now if he had never gotten hurt.  Bring it on Martin!


Moreland Back

  • 1B Mitch Moreland activated from 15 day DL
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Lindblom has been “eh”, so I guess we felt we were OK with swapping a pitcher for a hitter, as that’s what happened.  Moreland is back, hopefully he can keep doing well, and the loss of momentum doesn’t affect him.


Bloody Rangers!

An event in last night’s game made me think INSTANTLY of Nolan Ryan.  So I screen grabbed a shot of them together from the TV, and slapped it on here.  Made me laugh.   Click it for a larger version.




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.


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.


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!



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.


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.


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.


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.  :)


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



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.  :(


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...]


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.


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...]