Storylines: Rangers dealing with serious injuries to pitching staff
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Here are the stories from Wednesday, May 14.
- Anthony Ando of FOX Sports Southwest reported that Rangers' starters Martin Perez and Matt Harrison both have significant injuries and could be in line for long DL stints. According to Ando, Perez has a partial tear of the UCL in his pitching elbow and Tommy John surgery is a possibility. While Harrison has another serious back issue that could result in a form of spinal fusion surgery.
- Jason Giambi will be eligible for activation from the disabled list on Monday, but manager Terry Franconahas not decided what the team will do with their roster yet.
Others News and Notes
- Tampa Bay infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist suffered a dislocated thumb in Wednesday's game. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Zobrist will likely head to the disabled list, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious.
- The White Sox have designated infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment. Keppinger, who just returned from injury, signed a three-year, $12 million deal prior to the 2013 season.
- Veteran pitcher Randy Wolf exercised his opt-out clause with the Diamondbacks and accepted a Major League deal with the Marlins. Miami was looking for pitching help after the season-ending injury to staff aceJose Fernandez.
- MLB.com's Mark Bowman wrote that Atlanta infielder Tyler Pastornicky will now be given regular at-bats at second base. Atlanta's regular second baseman, Dan Uggla, is hitting just .184, after hitting only .179 in 2013.
- Bowman also wrote that, for at least the next week, the Braves will go with a six-man rotation.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Mets have released reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
- The Rangers designated pitcher Justin Germano for assignment to make room for pitcher Scott Baker on the 40-man roster. Fellow pitcher Nick Tepesch was also recalled from Triple-A.
- Miami designated hard throwing reliever Henry Rodriguez for assignment.
Although at this point I'd almost be in favor of benching Swisher and his .199 batting average and putting Chiz at 3rd, Santana at 1st, and Giambi at DH. Giambi would also hit .199 (or fairly close to it), but at least he would hit a HR occasionally.