Rangers react to Kazmir; Byrd back
The Rangers tried to focus on the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. But they were well aware of what was going on out on the West Coast.
They knew that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had added to their rotation by acquiring pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Tampa Bay Rays for two Minor League prospects.
“Once again they do what they have to do to win,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They have money and when you have money, you can pull stuff like that. I don’t know how he got past all those other teams but he did it.”
Kazmir was 8-7 with a 5.92 ERA in 20 starts this season but 4-1 with a 4.38 ERA in his last six starts. In his last 37 innings, he had struck out 33 while allowing 34 hits and ten walks.
“It doesn’t make our job harder,” Washington said before Saturday night’s game with the Twins. “We just have to start winning ballgames. Kazmir wasn’t lighting it up. He was getting better. We’ve got to take care of our business and start winning ballgames. Kazmir gives them another pitcher capable of winning ballgames but that doesn’t put them over the hump. He’s no Roy Halladay.”
The Rangers couldn’t put in a waiver claim on Kazmir, not when he’s signed for two more years and $20 million.
Byrd back, McCarthy coming back:
Outfielder Marlon Byrd was back in the starting lineup on Saturday after missing three games because of a kidney stone. Byrd passed the stone on Friday.
“I’m a little beat up,” Byrd said. “No sleep. That’s the whole kidney stone thing. It’s something that kills your body. I’ll just go out and see how I feel and hope that my strength holds up for the whole game.”
Washington also said that McCarthy will start one of the games in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays. McCarthy has been sidelined for almost three months with a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade but he has a 2.08 ERA in his last four medical rehab assignment starts with Triple A Oklahoma City.