News: Arencibia had a monstrous performance in a loss to the Yankees Tuesday, as he went 4-for-5 at the dish with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI.
Impact: Arencibia has been feast or famine for most of his career, and he certainly feasted on Yankee pitching Tuesday. He now has six home runs on the year, but also has 30 strikeouts in 104 at-bats.
News: Martinez pitched just 5.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two batters in picking up his seventh loss (1-7) of the year Tuesday against the Yankees.
Impact: Martinez's rookie season has been a season-long struggle, as the Rangers desperately try to plug holes in their rotation. His stats paint an ugly picture, as Martinez now has a 5.08 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and an ugly 35:34 K:BB ratio. His next start is scheduled for Monday on the road against the White Sox.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Rios had two hits Monday.
Impact: Rios is batting .304 in his last 21 games.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Darvish struck out eight in seven innings in his 10th win Monday.
Impact: Darvish allowed two runs and nine hits as he gets ready to face Cleveland next.
News: Williams will start Friday's game against the Indians, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: With Nick Tepesch (knee) being pushed back in the rotation, Williams will step in to make his scheduled start Friday in Cleveland. Williams, who was DFA'd by the Astros in June, is coming off a strong start Friday, during which he allowed just one run and five hits to the A's in six innings.
News: Tepesch (knee) will be pushed back in the rotation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Though Tepesch's knee is feeling better, he'll have his scheduled start pushed back at least a few days. To compensate for the change, Jerome Williams will slide into the rotation to start Friday versus Cleveland. The Rangers also confirmed Miles Mikolas will start Saturday while Yu Darvish goes Sunday to close out the three-game set.
News: Feliz earned his second save of the season Monday with a perfect ninth inning to close out the Yankees.
Impact: Feliz is 2-for-2 in save opportunities for the Rangers since former closer Joakim Soria was traded. The 26-year-old has been solid in his return to the big leagues with a 2.19 ERA and 0.81 WHIP, but has only struck out four batters in 12.1 innings. It looks like Feliz will have every chance to stick as the closer in Texas going forward.
News: Darvish picked up is 10th win of the season Monday, giving up two runs on nine hits, one walk and six strikeouts against the Yankees.
Impact: The only blemishes on Darvish's outing were two solo home runs by Brett Gardner. Monday was a great way to end a poor July for the 27-year-old, who ends the month with a 4.66 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 39 strikeouts and six walks in 29 innings. Darvish will pitch again Sunday in Cleveland.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tepesch reports that his left knee is feeling better, but Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't yet sure that Tepesch will make his next scheduled start.
Impact: The Rangers might decide to keep Jerome Williams rested just in case Tepesch can't go on Friday.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Beltre was 2 for 3 with a walk Sunday.
Impact: Beltre had four hits over the weekend in a positive sign for fantasy owners.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Mikolas was crushed by Oakland on Sunday.
Impact: Mikolas allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings as his ERA soared to 8.54. He faces the Tribe next.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mikolas got knocked around by the A's on Sunday evening, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks over 4.2 innings.
Impact: A lot of the damage came in a five-run second inning, one that started off with two walks. This outing was a far cry from Monday's win over the Yankees.
News: The Nationals inquired into trading for Beltre when they lost Ryan Zimmerman, but the Rangers rebuffed them.
Impact: Though the Rangers are sellers, they are mostly looking to deal players that wouldn't have had a big impact in 2015, though Joakim Soria was part of their plans.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Adduci had two hits Saturday.
Impact: Adduci figures to get plenty of chances with the Rangers the worst team in baseball and looking for answers.
News: Adduci is not in the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Adduci has worked himself into manager Ron Washington's starting lineup for six straight games, splitting time between left field and first base. He'll receive a day off against opposing southpaw Scott Kazmir, as Washington will look to stack his lineup with right-handed bats. J.P Arencibia will get the nod at first base, while Daniel Robertson takes over in left field.
Robinson Chirinos - #61 - Catcher - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Chirinos is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Chirinos has made three straight starts for the Rangers, but will receive a day of rest Sunday night, with Chris Gimenez manning the backstop in his stead. Chirinos is hitless over his last three games, but perhaps a day off is what he needs to get back on track.
Rougned Odor - #12 - Second Base - 5'11" - 170lbs
News: Odor is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Odor has started every game since the All-Star break at second base for the Rangers, so he'll receive a routine day of rest. With lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound for the A's, manager Ron Washington will instead go with the right-handed Adam Rosales at the keystone. The 20-year-old Odor has started to heat up since the break, slashing .345/.387/.483 over nine second-half games.
News: Tepesch left his start Saturday because of soreness in his left knee.
Impact: His status for the moment is uncertain.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tepesch exited Saturday's game against the A's after six innings with left knee soreness. He ending up taking the loss, giving up three earned runs on four hits while not issuing a walk and fanning two.
Impact: Tough luck for Tepesch, who -- aside from serving up a pair of home runs to John Jaso and Yoenis Cespedes -- was relatively efficient in only needing 73 pitches to get through six innings. He's now 3-7 on the year with a 4.84 ERA and 1.39 WHIP though 67 innings (12 starts), and although his next start is scheduled for Friday at Cleveland, don't be surprised if this knee issue forces him to miss a turn or two in the rotation.
News: Choo was 2 for 4 in Friday's 4-1 win over Oakland.
Impact: Choo is 7 for 20 over his last five games - much better than the 0 for 17 he had been over his previous six games.
News: Williams won his first start since being acquired by the Rangers, limiting Oakland to a run over six innings in Friday's 4-1 victory.
Impact: Williams entered the start with a 6.04 ERA in 26 relief appearances, so it was quite the surprising performance. Whether he can be consistent for Texas remains to be seen.
Derek Holland - #45 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 195lbs
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland (knee) is scheduled for two innings of work Wednesday as he'll make his first rehab start for Double-A Frisco, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Holland's first rehab start Wednesday is not too far off from the original speculative date of July 23. Limiting him to just two innings will allow him to slowly ease back into form while diminishing the possibility of re-injuring his knee.
News: Feliz picked up his first save of the season Friday night versus the A's, giving up one hit and one walk during a scoreless ninth inning.
Impact: After recording a combined 72 saves between 2010 and 2011, the road back to the Rangers' closer role has been a long one for Feliz. Though the 26-year-old righty is certainly not locked into the role yet, he figures to see plenty of opportunities the rest of the way. Feliz has pitched fairly well this month, posting a 2.38 ERA and 0.88 WHIP across 11.1 innings. However, with just four strikeouts to this point, it is clear that he has not regained the dominant form displayed in previous years.
News: Williams worked six strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out four in Friday's 4-1 win over the A's.
Impact: Very few would have imagined that Williams, who was designated for assignment back on June 30 after struggling to a 6.04 ERA across 47.2 innings out of the Astros' bullpen, could come up with a performance of this caliber against the top team in the league. The veteran hurler seemed destined for just a one-start stint in Texas, but has certainly given the Rangers something to think about now.
News: The Rangers purchased Williams' contract from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday to start the opener of a series against AL West-leading Oakland.
Impact: Williams was set to be the 52nd different player, and 31st pitcher, used by Texas this season. He was signed by the Rangers two weeks after being released by Houston.
News: Lewis lost another outing Thursday.
Impact: Lewis gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings in his return to New York, where he beat the Mets on July 5 but has tasted nothing but defeat and humiliation since with a ghastly 10.54 ERA.
News: Beltre was 0 for 4 on Thursday.
Impact: Beltre has been poor with seven hits in his last 39 at-bats.
Joe Ortiz - #58 - Pitcher - 5'7" - 175lbs
News: Ortiz was activated from the 60-day DL Friday and optioned to Double-A Frisco.
Impact: He suffered a broken foot during the offseason, and while it's not clear if he'll immediately begin pitching for Frisco now that he's no longer on the DL, the transaction is a good sign that his recovery is going well.
Kevin Kouzmanoff - #6 - Third Base - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Kouzmanoff (back) was moved to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Impact: This doesn't affect his return timetable, as he has already been on the DL for more than 60 days. Last we heard from Kouzmanoff he was optimistic that he would be able to play again this season, and the high end of his original 8-to-12 week timetable would come up in early August.
News: Lewis (6-8) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 6.1 innings in Thursday's loss to the Yankees. He struck out just two.
Impact: Not a great outing for Lewis, but he did get a little unlucky, since seven baserunners in 6.1 innings makes for a pretty solid WHIP. Nonetheless, Lewis has been far from reliable this year, though he's proven streamable against poor offenses. He'll face the Yankees again in Texas on Tuesday.
News: Arencibia hit his fourth homer of the year and struck out twice against the Yankees on Thursday.
Impact: He got the start at DH for the second straight game, which kind of tells you where the Texas lineup is at these days, since Arencibia is still hitting a robust .141 on the season. But hey, he's homered twice in the last three games and three times in his last seven.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The pitching-poor Texas Rangers have signed right-hander Jerome Williams and plan to start him Friday night against AL West-leading Oakland. The Rangers announced after Thursday's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees that they had acquired the 32-year-old Williams.
Impact: Williams was released by Houston earlier this month after going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 relief appearances. Williams is 43-51 with a 4.45 ERA in nine seasons with San Francisco, the Cubs, Washington, the Angels and Astros.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Darvish got a rain-shortened complete game Wednesday.
Impact: Darvish pitched 4 1-3 innings in a 2-1 hard-luck loss. He fell to 9-6.
News: Tepesch will make his next start Saturday against the Athletics.
Impact: The Rangers initially planned to keep Tepesch on schedule as normal Friday, but that was called off after he was forced to record an out in Tuesday's 14-inning affair with the Yankees. He'll just be pushed back one day to aid his recovery, with Jerome Williams coming up from Triple-A Round Rock to make Friday's start.
News: Williams will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock and start Friday's game vs. the Athletics, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: It's likely just a one-start appointment for Williams, after scheduled starter Nick Tepesch was scratched from the outing upon appearing in relief in Tuesday's 14-inning game against the Yankees. Going up against the league-best Athletics in hitter-friendly Arlington in his first start with a squad that has dropped 27 of its last 32 games, Williams can safely be ignored even as a streaming option in most formats.
News: Manager Ron Washington confirmed Thursday that Feliz will have the first opportunity to close for the Rangers following Wednesday's trade of Joakim Soria, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. "I'm going to tell [Feliz] that I'm going to give him the ball," Washington said. "I'm going to give him the chance. It is up to him to do what he needs to with it. He's got a chance. That's all you can ask for."
Impact: Feliz's strong surface numbers (2.61 ERA, 0.77 WHIP) in his seven appearances since rejoining the Rangers earlier this month would seem to make him a capable closer, but he's not nearly working with the same high-quality arsenal that made him one of the league's more dominant end-gamers from 2010 to 2011. He's struggled to regain velocity since his 2012 Tommy John operation, with his fastball averaging 92.2 miles per hour this season, about four ticks below its former peak. The dropoff in velocity has resulted in only four strikeouts for Feliz over 10.1 innings, forcing him to rely on his defense far too often to record outs. The Rangers don't have too many attractive alternative options in their bullpen to push Feliz for closing duties, so he should enjoy a decent leash in the ninth inning, even if his production doesn't warrant it.
News: Feliz is expected to close for the Rangers after Joakim Soria was traded to the Tigers on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Corey Knebel, one of the two pitching prospects the Rangers acquired in the Soria deal, is likely to get a look in the ninth-inning role before the end of the season, but Feliz is expected to take the reins initially. The 26-year-old Feliz has posted a 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in seven appearances with the big club this season, and he saved 72 games for Texas from 2010 to 2011, but GM Jon Daniels was quick to point out that consistency is still an issue with the right-hander.
Mitch Moreland - #18 - First Base - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Moreland (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: With Moreland undergoing season-ending surgery in late June on his left ankle, the move to the 60-day DL will simply clear up a 40-man roster spot for the Rangers. Reliever Nate Adcock will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.
Nate Adcock - #57 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 231lbs
News: Adcock's contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.
Impact: After the Rangers traded away Joakim Soria to the Tigers on Wednesday, Adcock will help replenish the team's bullpen depth. The 26-year-old had been out until early June while recovering from surgery, but has pitched well since rejoining Round Rock, posting a 2.76 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 16.1 innings.
News: Tepesch will not make his scheduled start Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Manager Ron Washington believed Tepesch would still be able to go Friday despite being used in relief in Tuesday's game, but he changed course, and will use another starter instead. The Rangers have yet to announce who will replace Tepesch in Friday's contest.
News: Darvish (9-6) gave up two runs on four hits while striking out five over 4.1 innings in Wednesday's rain-shortened game against the Yankees.
Impact: Darvish was saddled with a tough-luck loss, as the game was called in the bottom of the fifth. After balking in the tying run in the third inning, Darvish gave up a solo home run to Brett Gardner to give the Yankees the 2-1 lead that would end up proving the difference. He'll get the Yankees again next time out, this time at home.
Neal Cotts - #56 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Cotts is a candidate to see work in save situations following the trade that sent former Rangers closer Joakim Soria to Detroit.
Impact: Cotts is likely second in the pecking order for saves behind Neftali Feliz, as he has only two saves in his career. He also owns a shaky 1.40 WHIP, nearly twice the number that Feliz has posted so far in a limited sample size in 2014. Although Feliz may be the frontrunner, Cotts may still pick up the occasional save opportunity, especially if manager Ron Washington takes a closer-by-committee approach. In the case where the opposing team is sending several left-handed bats to the plate in the ninth inning, the southpaw Cotts may hear his name called. Until a decision is made official, Cotts is likely only worth a prospective look in deeper and AL-only formats.
News: Feliz is a strong candidate to pick up save opportunities for the Rangers, now that Joakim Soria has been traded to the Tigers.
Impact: With Soria out of the mix, Feliz, along with Neal Cotts, could both see opportunities to close games for manager Ron Washington. Feliz has better numbers to boast, owning a 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 10.1 innings so far this season. The 28-year-old righty also has closer experience under his belt, having recorded 72 total saves with the Rangers from 2011-12. He's definitely worth a prospective bid in deeper and AL-only formats, and could be close to being owned universally if he wins the job outright.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez gave up only three hits in 5 1-3 shutout innings in Tuesday's 2-1 loss at the Yankees, though he didn't suffer the loss.
Impact: Martinez's last win came on May 24 and he's 0-5 with a 6.98 ERA in eight outings since.
News: Rios (ankle) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees in New York, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: After missing three contests due to a right ankle sprain, Rios is back in his typical spots in right field and third in the order. Considering he sidestepped DH right off the bat, the injury is likely well enough that he should be fine going forward.
News: Rios (ankle) ran the bases Tuesday and said his ankle felt better, but he's not expected to play Tuesday versus the Yankess, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Rios suffered a sprained right ankle over the weekend. The Rangers certainly won't rush him back, and it's likely he'll miss Tuesday's contest.
News: Tepesch was used to get one out in relief during Tuesday's 14-inning affair against the Yankees, but manager Ron Washington said he'll be fine to still make his scheduled start Friday against the A's, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
Impact: He actually ended up losing the game for the Rangers, giving up three hits on 12 pitches, including a walk-off RBI to Chase Headley in the 14th inning.
News: Martinez pitched 5.1 scoreless innings Tuesday, allowing three hits and one walk at the Yankees. He struck out three but did not receive a decision.
Impact: Both pitching staffs had quite the duel in this one, as the game featured 13 pitchers before the game's first run was scored in the 13th inning. Unfortunately for Martinez (1-6), he hasn't found the win column since May 24 against Detroit. The rookie's ERA is 4.73 to go with his equally unsightly 1.62 WHIP. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the A's.
News: Soto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery.
Impact: It's the latest disheartening injury for the Rangers in a dreadful season full of them. Soto got hurt running the bases Monday night and left a 4-2 victory over the Yankees.
News: Rios (ankle) is expected to be available for Wednesday's game, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports. "I know [manager Ron Washington] wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready," Rios said Tuesday. "I expect to be as good as ever."
Impact: He missed his third straight game Tuesday due to a sprained ankle, but after testing the ankle before Tuesday's game, he pronounced himself ready to go. Washington opted to give him one extra day, but look for Rios to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.
News: Martinez (oblique) was activated from the DL and will start Tuesday against the Yankees.
Impact: As expected, Martinez will return to start Tuesday in Yankee Stadium after a second successful bullpen session Sunday. Although Martinez has been slightly better away from Arlington, he still owns a 4.08 ERA and .290 BAA on the road this season.
News: Soto was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a right groin strain.
Impact: Just three games into his 2014 season -- Soto missed the first three and a half months recovering from knee surgery -- the 31-year-old was forced out of action due to a groin strain. He wasn't especially optimistic after the game, and sure enough, he'll require a stint on the 15-day DL. Nick Martinez was optioned in the corresponding move and will start Tuesday against the Yankees, while Robinson Chirinos will likely handle the bulk of the work behind the plate for Texas.
News: Soto (groin) is out of the Rangers' lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.
Impact: Groin tightness forced Soto from Monday's game, his third game back after missing the first three and a half months with a knee injury, and he's out of the lineup Tuesday as a result. He was not optimistic about the injury when asked about it after Monday's game, so it would seem another DL stint is at least a possibility for the 31-year-old.
News: Mikolas earned his first win of the season in Monday's 4-2 victory at Yankee Stadium.
Impact: Mikolas allowed two runs and four hits over 7 1-3 innings. He doesn't have much fantasy value despite the impressive showing.
Joe Ortiz - #58 - Pitcher - 5'7" - 175lbs
News: Ortiz (foot) will move to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday as he continues to work back from a broken foot, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Ortiz suffered a broken foot during a car accident in Venezuela back in January and will move to Double-A after two rehab appearances in the rookie league in Arizona. A return date has not been established, but the fact that he's moved up to Double-A implies he's making significant progress.
News: Smolinski was put on the disabled list a bone bruise in his left foot.
Impact: Smolinski was hitting .389 with three doubles and five RBIs in 11 games since getting called up from Round Rock on July 7. He had started 10 games in a row before fouling a pitch off the inside of his foot in a game Monday night at the New York Yankees.
Matt West - #63 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: West was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports.
Impact: Taking the mound three times since his callup on July 10, West fared OK outside of Sunday's porous outing, when he surrendered three runs on five hits and no walks to go with one strikeout in one frame. However, his 25-man roster spot was required to activated Jim Adduci (finger) from the disabled list.
News: Adduci (finger) was activated from the disabled list Monday, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports.
Impact: Spending the last three months rehabbing a fracture to his left pinkie finger, Adduci managed to slash .306/.327/.449 with one homer, nine RBI, six runs, and three steals (in four attempts) across 49 at-bats between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock during his assignment. On such a banged-up squad, expect him to garner decent playing time in the outfield and potentially at first base.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Soto left after the top of the sixth Monday with tightness in his right groin.
Impact: Soto is 4 for 11 in three games this season.
News: Soto is not optimistic about the groin injury that he suffered during Monday's game, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Soto was removed in the sixth inning due to tightness in his right groin, just three days after making his season debut. The Rangers have three other catchers on the roster, meaning Soto's injury could lead to extra at-bats for Robinson Chirinos, J.P. Arencibia, and/or Chris Gimenez.
News: Choo got back on track Monday, going 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Impact: Choo had gone hitless in his last five starts spanning 17 at-bats before coming out of his funk Monday. The outfielder has been quiet in his first season in Texas, hitting .239 with nine home runs and three steals.
News: Mikolas earned his first win of the season Monday, holding the Yankees to two runs in 7.1 innings.
Impact: Mikolas has had a rough go of things so far in the majors this season, posting an unsightly 7.48 ERA even with his strong start Monday. He'll try to replicate that success when he takes the mound this weekend against the Athletics.
News: Soto was removed from Monday's game due to tightness in his right groin.
Impact: Soto, who sustained the injury while crossing home plate in the sixth inning, finished his night 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He was replaced by Robinson Chirinos, one of four players on the Rangers' active roster with experience behind the plate. If Soto can't go Monday, the Rangers could turn to Chirinos, Chris Gimenez or J.P. Arencibia. There's no indication that Soto's injury is related to the knee issue that kept him out for the entire first half of the season.
Dan Robertson - #19 - Left Field - 5'8" - 169lbs
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Robertson went 2 for 5 with a season-high four RBIs in Sunday's 9-6 loss at Toronto.
Impact: Robertson now has two hits in three straight games. He's hitting .267 in 32 games on the season.
News: Rios (ankle) will be out of the lineup until at least Wednesday, maybe longer, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Rios himself expressed confidence that he could play as early as Tuesday, but manager Ron Washington demurred, saying that he would be out until at least Wednesday. "There is a possibility he will play before we leave here," Washington said. "The issue is can he cut on the ankle. That's what we will have to see." Interestingly enough, Washington was quoted in an article that also mentioned how teammate Shin-Soo Choo returned too soon from his ankle injury earlier this season.
News: Adduci is starting Monday at the Yankees following his activation from the DL, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports.
Impact: After three months of recovery from a fractured left pinkie finger, Adduci will cover left field and bat seventh in the order. During his assignment, he hit .306/.327/.449 with one homer, nine RBI, six runs, and three steals across 49 at-bats between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.
News: Tepesch survived only 4.1 innings against the Blue Jays on Sunday, surrendering five earned runs and not striking out a single batter.
Impact: Tepesch's up-and-down year continued Sunday as his season ERA rose to 4.75. The 25-year-old has experienced a dip in velocity this season, dipping from an average fastball of 90.9 to 89.4 miles per hour. He has shown flashes of his potential this year, but remains too inconsistent to be a viable starter in anything but the deepest of leagues..
News: Rios (ankle) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Rios remains day-to-day with an ankle sprain, as he was pulled from Saturday night's contest after twisting the ankle in the batter's box. He'll look to return for the upcoming four-game series with the Yankees, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss another game or two.
News: Choo is out of the lineup Sunday vs. the Blue Jays.
Impact: Manager Ron Washington wanted to keep Choo and his balky ankle off the turf in Toronto and elected to use Adrian Beltre as the DH on Sunday, resulting in Choo's absence from the lineup against lefty Mark Buehrle.
News: Martinez (oblique) has been cleared to start Tuesday following a second bullpen session, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Martinez is lined up to get two starts during the upcoming week as a result, though the first is in Yankee Stadium before he returns home to face Oakland.
Corey Knebel - #49 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 205lbs
News: The Detroit Tigers have recalled right-handed reliever Corey Knebel from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.
Impact: Knebel has allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Tigers this season.
News: Rios left Saturday against the Blue Jays in the first inning after spraining his right ankle on a swing.
Impact: Rios was left hopping in pain on his left foot after fouling off the first pitch he saw from Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman on Saturday. After a brief conversation with manager Ron Washington and the trainer, Rios limped back to the dugout and headed for the clubhouse. X-rays were negative. Daniel Robertson replaced Rios, who is batting .302 with four homers and 42 RBIs.
News: Rangers manager Ron Washington said Choo won't start Sunday's game in Toronto, MLB.com's Chris Toman reports.
Impact: Washington wants to keep Choo off the turf, though the veteran outfielder isn't known to be dealing with a specific injury. Adrian Beltre will fill in as designated hitter, leaving either Adam Rosales or Jake Smolinski to start at third base. With Alex Rios bothered by an ankle sprain, Smolinski will likely start in the outfield while Rosales handles the hot corner.
Rougned Odor - #12 - Second Base - 5'11" - 170lbs
News: Odor went 3 for 4 with an RBI in Friday's 5-1 win at Toronto.
Impact: Odor has raised his average back up to .272 after going 7 for his last 15.
News: Darvish matched a season high with 12 strikeouts in Friday's 5-1 win at Toronto.
Impact: Darvish allowed one run and five hits over 6 2-3 innings. He leads the majors with 11.36 strikeouts per nine innings.
News: Rios has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and is listed as day-to-day.
Impact: Rios left Saturday's game after twisting his ankle in the batter's box, but fortunately, X-rays were negative. Still, with the Rangers completely out of the mix this season, he could be sidelined for at least a few days, as the team should be expected to take a cautious approach. Dan Robertson figures to see the bulk of the right field duties in Rios' absence.
News: Rios twisted his ankle swinging at a foul ball early in Saturday's game and is done for the day, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.
Impact: The Rangers have dealt with more injuries to key players this season than any other team, so naturally Rios was due to get dinged up. He'll be replaced by Daniel Robertson and should be considered day-to-day for now.
News: Soto is out of the Rangers' lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Making his 2014 debut Friday after a lengthy recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery, Soto went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 5-1 Rangers win. It looks like Soto will split duties behind the plate with Robinson Chirinos for the time being, with J.P. Arencibia seeing the bulk of the work at first base.
News: Arencibia went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a three-run home run in the Rangers' win over his former team, Toronto, on Friday night.
Impact: Just recalled from Triple-A, he was playing first base for the first time, and with Carlos Pena having been designated for assignment, he could see more time there if he can continue to produce. It was just his second home run after getting off to a miserable start and being sent down earlier in the season, so he needs to hit with consistency if he wants a regular job.
News: Darvish allowed just one run on five hits, walking three and racking up 12 strikeouts over 6.2 innings of a 5-1 win over Toronto on Friday night.
Impact: Darvish (9-5, 2.88 ERA) wasn't terribly efficient as he tossed 117 pitches (just 69 for strikes) en route to the win, but the dozen strikeouts are certainly welcomed by his fantasy owners. His only serious mistake was a seventh inning home run off the bat of Colby Rasmus. He'll take on the Yankees in New York next time out.
News: Martinez (oblique) could make a start for the Rangers early next week, the Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.
Impact: He threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session Thursday and will throw another session Saturday to see how his back recovers. Manager Ron Washington hasn't said who will follow Nick Tepesch's Sunday start, but if he has an impressive bullpen Saturday, Martinez could be the guy. Miles Mikolas will start either Monday or Tuesday, but deep leaguers should keep tabs on Martinez's status over the weekend, with the possibility of him slotting in for the day Mikolas does not pitch.
News: Pena cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.
Impact: He was designated for assignment earlier in the week, and unsurprisingly went unclaimed. He'll offer first base depth for the organization.
News: Arencibia will start at first base and bat seventh Friday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: It will mark Arencibia's first major league start at first base, but it looks like he may see regular time there after Carlos Pena was designated for assignment. Robinson Chirinos and Adam Rosales both figure to factor in at the position as well. In 20 games with the big club earlier this season, Arencibia hit just .133/.182/.233 (66 plate appearances), but he has hit .279/.320/.542 with 14 homers in 48 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Texas has designated first baseman Carlos Pena for assignment.
Impact: The 36-year-old was trying to stave off retirement.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Texas Rangers have recalled opening day catcher J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Round Rock and may use him at first base.
Impact: Arencibia played 48 games after being optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on May 20. He started 20 of those games at first base.
News: The Rangers purchased Arencibia's contract from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.
Impact: With Geovany Soto also activated from the 60-day DL on Thursday, the Rangers will enter Friday's series opener vs. the Blue Jays with four catchers on their 25-man roster. However, Soto is believed to have the inside track for regular catching duties, so expect to see Arencibia as well as fellow backstop Robinson Chirinos compete for some reps at first base. Arencibia's never been regarded as adept behind the plate, and while he's capable of providing some decent pop and passable defense at first base, his horrid on-base skills make it difficult to justify giving him regular at-bats.
News: Pena was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: Given the chance to assume everyday starting duties at first base for a Rangers squad decimated by injuries, Pena failed to distinguish himself over 59 at-bats, managing just eight hits (.136 average). Pena's offensive output the last two seasons has been highly discouraging, and given that he's now 36 years old, he may not receive another big league opportunity. With Pena out of the picture, look for some combination of Robinson Chirinos, Adam Rosales and J.P. Arencibia to pick up playing time at first base.
News: Soto (knee) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
Impact: After suffering a torn meniscus in spring training, Soto is finally fully recovered and appears poised to make his season debut Friday vs. the Blue Jays. At present, the Rangers still have all of Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez and J.P. Arencibia on the 25-man roster to soak up at-bats at catcher, but Soto is generally expected to emerge as the Rangers' primary backstop.
Engel Beltre - #43 - Center Field - 6'2" - 180lbs
News: Beltre (leg) was pulled off his rehab assignment and brought back to work with the major league training staff, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: With Beltre not running well or hitting -- he was timed at 4.6 seconds to first base and was batting .137 through 51 at-bats between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock -- the Rangers decided to halt his assignment. The leg injury has robbed the 24-year-old of his explosiveness, with manager Ron Washington saying the first step is the big issue for Beltre. There is no set timetable for him to return to active competition.
Robinson Chirinos - #61 - Catcher - 6'1" - 205lbs
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chirinos will split the majority of the reps at catcher once Geovany Soto (back) is activated from the disabled list this weekend, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Chirinos has found success at the plate during Soto's first-half absence, batting .238/.271/.425 with nine homers, 29 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 193 at-bats. Upon Soto's return, though, a reduction in playing time can be expected, thereby reducing Chirino's relevance in fantasy circles.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soto (knee) will be activated from the 60-day DL during this weekend's three-game set in Toronto, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Soto will cozy into the 25-man roster spot vacated by reliever Jason Frasor, who was dealt to the Royals on Wednesday. After missing the entire first half due to a torn meniscus in his right knee, Soto will add some pop to the backstop, as he's belted a homer every 23.5 at-bats during his major league career. However, he failed to leave the yard during his rehab assignment between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, slashing .200/.263/.257 with one RBI and four runs scored in 35 at-bats.
Dan Robertson - #19 - Left Field - 5'8" - 169lbs
News: Robertson went 2 for 3 on Sunday.
Impact: If you are relying on unproven commodities like Robertson, you are not very good at fantasy baseball.
News: Rios was a bright spot Sunday against the Angels.
Impact: Rios drove in three runs for the Rangers. He is hitting .351 in his last nine games for the AL's worst team.
Scott Baker - #25 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Baker was ripped to shreds Sunday by the Angels.
Impact: Baker allowed five runs in four innings. He represents a fantasy mistake waiting to happen.
Ryan Feierabend - #68 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 225lbs
News: The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of Feierabend from Triple-A Round Rock, and he could start the team's final game before the All-Star break.
Impact: Feierabend was 8-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 19 starts for Round Rock. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2008 for Seattle. He was 2-11 with a 7.22 ERA in 25 games for the Mariners from 2006-08. When the Rangers play their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Feierabend or right-hander Scott Baker could start.
News: Tepesch fell to 3-5 on Friday.
Impact: Tepesch retired the first 10 batters he faced before Mike Trout sent a 1-0 sinker 418 feet to center field for the game's first run. Tepesch allowed two more runs in the seventh, failing to record an out in that frame.
News: Rios was 2 for 4 on Friday.
Impact: Rios did not strike out for the first time in six games so he is seeing the ball better.
News: Beltre had three hits, including his 13th homer, in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Impact: Beltre has been a bright spot for the struggling Texas Rangers. He's batted .415 (22 for 53) during an AL-best, 14-game hit streak with nine extra-base hits, including five homers, and 12 RBIs. The AL's leading hitter (.341) is also batting .463 (31 for 67) in his last 18 contests and .500 (42 for 84) in his last 22 at home.
News: Smolinski had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Impact: The rookie outfielder, who made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter Monday, has multiple hits in all three of his starts and is the first Rangers player ever with eight hits in his first four games.
News: Lewis had one of the worst starts in Texas Rangers history in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Impact: Lewis (6-6, 6.54 ERA) allowed a club-record 13 runs in only 2 1-3 innings. He also gave up a career-worst 13 hits in his 130th major league start, while his ERA increased by more than a full run - from 5.51 to 6.54 - after 11 earned runs were changed against him.
Prince Fielder - #84 - First Base - 5'11" - 275lbs
News: Fielder is focused on healing after neck surgery and not worried about when he will play again. Fielder said Thursday that he is doing a little rehab, but nothing too serious or baseball-wise yet. He had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27.
Impact: Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse for the first time since the operation, Fielder said he is motivated to get back but isn't pushing anything. He isn't expected to play again this season, but should be ready for spring training. Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games since 2010 when he played his last game May 16. He hit .247 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games in his first season with Texas.
News: Beltre went 2 for 4 with his 49th RBI in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to Houston.
Impact: Beltre is batting .388 with eight homers and 11 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak.
News: Smolinski was 3 for 4 in his third major league game Wednesday against Houston.
Impact: Smolinski is 5 for 10 in his first three games - not a bad start to a career.
News: Darvish continued to struggle Wednesday, giving up a season-high six runs and 10 hits over six innings in an 8-4 loss to Houston.
Impact: It's hard to explain what has happened lately to Darvish, who is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA over his last five games.