Hamilton to DL?

Outfielder Josh Hamilton seems headed to the DL. He will be examined this evening by Dr. Keith Meister but he said he is in "extreme pain" and can't do anything. He said he needs to rest and get the problem healed.

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How is this team gonna survive without the feel good story of the year? Josh is a good player and i hope he gets to feeling better. His health is more important than any baseball game. Now we need those other four outfielders. Lets try Jones in CF and sit Nelson down a little more to get Murphy a few at bats. Those abdominal and ribcage injuries can take a while to heal folks so he may be out for a couple of months. Meanwhile Mr. Volquez will win 3 to 5 more games as a starter.

hambone to the dl? that’s how his problems start.

Let’s get this thing taken care of right now and hope it doesn’t last all season. Get well soon Josh! You have to feel good about this team even with this bad news. There is something about these guys. Norm Hitzges said it this morning. Why not the Rangers in the West? Well, why not? This is a good season to be a fan because no matter what happens, it feels like the prelude to something even more special….as long as Hicks and Co. don’t do anything to mess it up! Keep your hands on the wheel Mr. Ryan. You are doing just fine!

If Hamilton does got to the DL, might we get a peek at Borbon or Golson. Both have decent stats right now, but Golson has a few more strikeouts than I would like to see. But, I would like to get a peek at one of those guys in CF while Hamilton heals. What would happen if Borbon came up and lit it up with some stellar defense? Would Hamilton come back and play a corner OF spot? This is why, in the words of the old Hardline, baseball is a talkin’ sport!

Hey Sully, Gholson fits right in with this team concerning his strikeouts. He is probably futher along than Borbon and besides they couldn’t wait to get rid of Mayberry so hopefully Gholson is something. Meanwhile Porcello is looking pretty good for the Tigers, but we wouldn’t pay for him. If Gholson comes up and tears it up then Hamilton plays left field for me and Murphy gets bushed further back or out. Just a few short months ago he was considered a key piece, now he doesn’t play? Maybe they can trade him back to the Red Sox for some cash or get some bullpen help for him. Rumor has it that Murphy wants to play everyday. Imagine that what a loser he is. Murphy should sue Walbeck for that ill advised decision to send him to the plate to get hurt.

Things that make you go hmmmm???? When Ron was hired he spoke of the Oakland way of playing. Good defense and working the count. Well we lead the league in strikeouts and the defense while improved still isn’t where it needs to be. Does anyone else see this? This Texas Rangers website even devotes and article to the fact that we lead the league in strikeouts and home runs. Should the manager or the hitting coach take the fall for this. Ron speaks of plate discipline, but our guys aren’t buying into it. They are all swinging for the fences. I realize that it is exciting to see home run’s hit and the fireworks suppliers love it, but the lack of crucial timely hitting is gonna kill this team over the long haul. While we may win a few games, walk off home runs, it is the reliance that a timely 3 run homer will be hit that concerns me. I personally think it would serve the team better, if our hitters would work the count, and put the ball into play. At least if you hit the ball there is a chance that #1 it is a hit, #2 the other team could mis play the ball. With the strikeout all you do is take a seat, grab some pine, whatever you want to call it. The Brewers team that went to the World Series hit a lot of home runs and struck out a lot. I personally do not want this Ranger team to play like that. Sorry Ron, you are a likable guy, but we need a new leader that can impose his will on the team, reduce the amount of strikeouts and help us to put the ball in play.

I’d like to see him go on the DL and get back to 100% before trying to play again. A rib cage injury is the kind of thing that can drag on forever if you don’t get it right.

“Murphy should sue Walbeck for that ill advised decision to send him to the plate to get hurt.” – He could’ve slid, or he could’ve run the catcher over. That would be my defense if I was Walbeck’s attorney. Presenting 2 viable options that Murphyy could’ve taken over course that he chose to pursue. I’d close with something like: “My client only sent the runner home. He never told him to jump awkardly at the catcher, leading with his knee, jamming it straight into the catcher’s shin guard like some sort of uncoordinated wierdo who’s never been involved in a close play at the plate before.” – I’m betting the jury finds for the defendant.

“Should the manager or the hitting coach take the fall for this.” – I agree the OBP has to come up and I believe it will, but suggesting that someone “take the fall” when you’re averaging 6 runs a game pure silliness.

Averaging 6.05 runs per game means nothing if your opponents are averaging 6.15 per game. The thing you learn from Statistics or at least having taken a course at Longhorn U is that numbers can and do lie. So lets just have some fun and try and make this a little more realistic. The Rangers had one game where they scored 19 runs so being the statician i am that is gonna increase your average runs per game and well kinda isn’t telling the true offensive output. So lets throw that game out. They also had a game where 15 runs were scored on them so lets throw that game out. So that is two games that i am gonna throw out, the highest and the lowest. That is 21 runs off both sides folks and 2 games off. So what is the average scoring average for 18 games throwing out the highest and the lowest 5.55 scored for us and 5.66 against us. In the games we win we are averaging 8.1 runs scored and 4.6 runs given up. Again if you take out the 19 runs game we are averaging 6.8 runs per win. But lets go to the losses what are we doing over there. In our 10 losses we scored 40 runs and gave up 77. This is easy math because it is 10 games. So we are averaging 4.0 runs per loss and giving up 7.7 runs to our victors. 7.7 beats 4.0 everytime. Maybe if we would stop striking out so much, advance runners, work the count, put the ball in play then we would average 6.05 per game. So we have to make up that difference between 6.8 and 4.0 that is almost 3 full runs. Does this mean that we have to score at least 7 runs per game in order to win? According to hefe then we just need to score .75 average more per game and everything will be ok. I don’t believe that one. Like all things in life it isn’t just one thing it is a combination of factors. I personally thing the starters have been lights out, but the bullpen scares the double hockey sticks out of me. It has been feast or famine for this offense too many home runs and in my opinion we can’t continue to depend on them because as we have all seen. “Good pitching beats good hitting everytime even when you so called average 6.05 runs per game. If everything is ok with this 6.05 average then why are we 10-10. I personally think it is good that Ron made it through April with the team not out of it. A team that averages 6.0 should have a better record period end of story. It is all about the pitching though or so i have been told.

“Averaging 6.05 runs per game means nothing if your opponents are averaging 6.15 per game.” – Then why mention the hitting coach as somebody who may “take the fall?”

That was a nice, diversionary rant about the pitching, but it’s right there in black and white at 9:21 am when you said “Should the manager or the hitting coach take the fall for this.” you were talking about the offense and the offense alone. It was a gimp statement then and it’s a gimp statement now to call for someone’s job based on an offense that’s scoring 6 a game. Like I’ve said before, when you try to talk actual, current baseball……………..

“According to hefe then we just need to score .75 average more per game and everything will be ok.” – You got a quote of me saying that or a link to a quote of me saying that, or anything similar? That’s what I thought.

“It is all about the pitching though or so i have been told.” – Then why are you questioning Jaramillo’s job security?

It is called an inference hefe. Quick Rangers hit some home runs or score some runs before our 6 plus scoring average falls. If it continues today and we are shut out then we will be averaging a little less than 6 per game. It is a shame, the bulldog gives up two runs and loses. When your pitcher holds the other team to two runs, you should win. Not to worry we average 6 runs per game. Not today folks. Good pitching beats 6 run average per game everyday…..

It is called an inference hefe. Quick Rangers hit some home runs or score some runs before our 6 plus scoring average falls. If it continues today and we are shut out then we will be averaging a little less than 6 per game. It is a shame, the bulldog gives up two runs and loses. When your pitcher holds the other team to two runs, you should win. Not to worry we average 6 runs per game. Not today folks. Good pitching beats 6 run average per game everyday….. Washington will be gone before Jaramillo ever leaves. He is the guru who has benefitted from previous home run hitters. I like my hitters to work the count, something he obviously doesn’t believe in… But hey you can get his hitting video for $65.00. I wonder if he gave any of that money to the Rangers. Looks like he is using their facilities and their players to make money….

I stand by my statement that Jaramillo (or anybody else) “taking the fall” for this offense is just silly. Ramble and change the subject all you like, this offense is scoring runs at a high rate despite not drawing walks. When the walks start coming, it will become even more prolific.

I do not know the nature of his rib injury but wasnt it a rib injury that cost the Hammer much of the season 2 years ago? Help me out there, someone. Hopefully, Josh gets better and gets out there healthy. In the meantime, Cruz, Byrd, Jones, and Murphy will be fine in the OF……Boggs? Golson? Guessing that this 5th OF wont be playing much. Does Boggs have the edge because he is a switch-hitter?

As soon as bullpen gets it together, wins will increase. Hoping that Harrison and Feldman found something in Baltimore…….Murph too. One great catch away from sweeping the A’s….News on Salty? Saw he left after 1 AB.

Do you all remember D’god’s rants about the “bulldog” of the rotation”last year? If you’re new to D’god you really ought to go back to last year and check them out. What did you say about Padilla last year D’god when some of us had to warn you about the libel laws? Or in general what did you say about “Latino’s” the year before last? What was that again? Phbbt!

Hefe you and Anthony always remind me when I try to get D’god to make sense that I ought to just forget it…What if all of us just boycotted every thing he said?

Meanwhile in my opinion we got rid of Gabbard because he was a sore armed pitcher with a case of the slows. Hard to be a big time pro pitcher when you’re 27 and your fastball tops out abound 88 or 89. That’s in most hitter’s wheelhouse.

Brolfe, I think you’re thinking of Blalock’s shoulder trouble, the treatment for which was having a rib removed to restore proper blood flow to the shoulder. I really wish Josh would just take it easy until he’s 100%. You can’t do anything effectively on a baseball field with your ribs hurting you and it seems like trying to work out or take BP every other day is going to keep it aggrevated. I respect that he wants to be back on the field as soon as possible, though.

I didn’t get to watch the game yesterday, but heard Salty left the game due to eye irritation and was day to day. I think he’s had eye trouble before. I wonder if he wears contacts?

Freddy, i would rather have a 27 year old left hander throwing 88 to 89 MPH than Benson who is a right hander and throws around the same speed and is older. I think we saw Thursday what a young left hander on the A’s could do with a fastball that was no faster than 89 MPH. That kid knew how to pitch and shut the Rangers down for 5 + innings.

I don’t know who should take the fall, but the lack of timely hitting, clutch hits, key hits, meaningful hits what ever you want to call it is killing this team. We aren’t going to do anything until we start playing fundamental baseball. Yesterday bases loaded no outs and no runs does not make a recipe for winning…….

Dallas Braden had a nice game Thursday, so the Rangers shouldn’t have gotten rid of Kason Gabbard? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non+sequitur

Braden is 2 years younger and has a 3.3 BB/9 rate compared to Gabbard’s 5.3 rate. Thanks for yet another assinine comparision based on left handedness and lack of a big fastball. One is a young, effective pitcher with a bright future, the other has yet to establish himself at the big league level, despite being the older of the two because he walks over 5 betters an inning despite posessing a control pitcher’s arsenal.

If Gabbard could locate his “fastball” or his bread and butter pitch, that big sweeping curve ball, he could be effective. Trouble is that at age 27 he has yet to accomplish that nor has he been able to stay healthy while shouldering a starters workload. The Rangers took a chance on the guy in trade and it didn’t work out. It’s just that simple. It makes me wonder how one can be injured so often while averaging a fastball velicoty of 86.5 MPH.

Hefe, thanks for the correction. I knew that I wasnt completely sure about Hammer’s injury. Salty’s troubles must be a little more than that since they brought up MaxRam, no?

Salty has irritation in both eyes and is still day to day. Yeah, the Max call up makes it clear that Salty wasn’t able to go tonight, even in case of emergency. I wonder what’s up with his eyes that could keep him out multiple days but not require a DL stint. “Irritation” is pretty vague.

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