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.

 

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.

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.

Daniel Robertson Returns

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

NOTES: Moving pieces around.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

 

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?