ARLINGTON, Texas – The apparent problems with the baseballs during Friday Texas Rangers game against Los Angeles apparently only impacted C.J. Wilson.
None of the five Texas pitchers used in the game had any issues with slippery balls, which Wilson complained about following the game.
“I can’t tell you I noticed any difference with the balls,” said Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers. “You normally deal with that in cold weather. I’ve never really experienced that here in Texas.”
Texas manager Ron Washington said he was made aware of Wilson’s issues with the balls during the game by home plate umpire Mike DiMuro during the game. A Texas official said the team provides 12 dozen balls to the umpires, who inspect them before they are ready for play.
“He (DiMuro) mentioned to us that C.J. thought the balls weren’t rubbed up properly,” Washington said. “We tried to accommodate him. We came to Hoggy (clubhouse manager Richard Price). I’ve been in the game since 1970. I haven’t seen a game ball until it was in the game.”
Wilson implied following his no-decision that the Rangers may have had something to do with the balls he was pitching with.
“We were just changing the balls out because it’s like, there’s really, it’s what do you say about it,” he said. “You going to call it a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence. Let’s be honest.”
Alexi Ogando, who started opposite Wilson, didn’t have the same issues.
“I didn’t have any problems,” he said. “They (the balls) were good. I don’t know what was going on with C.J.”
Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who pitched also had a perfect outing for the Rangers, said that when balls aren’t rubbed up properly it can impact a pitcher. He said he didn’t have any problems but pitchers can help their own cause.
“Mine were fine,” Frasor said. “You’ve got to do it yourself. You’ve got to get on the ground and rub them up yourself.”