The Rangers' season was dealt a blow before it even started when ace Yu Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The club will have to make do without his highly capable services for this season and at least a portion of 2016, barring any setbacks. After Texas' horrendously injury-plagued season in 2014, the last thing they wanted was to be without Yu for this much time...but they've found a way to forge ahead.
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June 2: The kid can play
Joey Gallo, the Rangers' all-or-nothing mega-prospect capable of launching booming homers with ease, was promoted on June 2. He promptly celebrated his call-up with a titanic two-run shot in his second at-bat and wound up a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Though he's since been sent back to Triple-A to further hone his craft, he'll be back...and, probably, even better the next time around.
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May 31: Beltre's thumb acts up
On May 31, the Rangers were 26-25, playing above the level that some thought they would considering their roster depth in 2015. Then veteran Adrian Beltre jammed his thumb sliding into a base, an injury that would set him back a few weeks. As it turned out, a thumb issue such as the one he suffered requires some adjustments as far as one's batting stance is concerned. That adjustment period resulted in Beltre appearing in just 69 of the Rangers' 88 games at the break, meaning he'll have to stay pretty healthy the rest of the way in order to come close to playing in 148 games, which was his 2014 total.
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July 8: Harrison's long-awaited return
The story of Matt Harrison is one of perseverence. After several surgeries and rehab efforts, the lefty made his 2015 debut (and first start since 2013) on July 8. Though he didn't pitch well enough to win the ballgame, the fact that he was back on the mound throwing to MLB hitters was noteworthy in itself. Many thought he had thrown his last pitch after his myriad of injuries derailed much of his prior two seasons, but he had other plans.
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May 31: Guess who's back?
Josh Hamilton left Arlington a traitor and returned a hero - or so that's the prevalent mindset, as Rangers fans mostly welcomed the slugger back with open arms in May. After his disastrous tenure in Anaheim with the Angels, the Rangers stepped up and welcomed Josh back into the mix, and he delivered with a walk-off double shortly after making his (re)debut with the club. Though he's had some issues staying on the field with the Rangers (as is his custom), things appear to be going well with the club that put him on the map a few years ago.
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July 6: Prince's resurgence, confirmed
Considering the lost year Prince Fielder had in 2014, when neck issues effectively ruined his first season in Arlington, he has to be considered a strong Comeback Player of the Year candidate in 2015. Fielder's torrid stats at the break (.339/.403/.521, 14 HR, 54 RBI) could even put him in AL MVP discussions, if he keeps it up for the second half. Not bad for someone who seemed totally derailed by medical woes just a year ago.
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High: Banister's presence paying off
The hiring of Jeff Banister as the Rangers' new manager, announced by the club in October, marked a shift in direction after the long tenure of Ron Washington and interim manager Tim Bogar. With Banister, the Rangers have largely played better than some assumed they would, kicking around the .500 mark without Yu Darvish and with Adrian Beltre sidelined for a few weeks in June. By all accounts, the club sounds happy to have Banister on board - and he appears to be happy to be there.