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Tolleson to have MRI….may not be ready for Opening Day

Pitcher Shawn Tolleson, who is sidelined with tightness in his right forearm, has been sent for an MRI. He has not progressed as quickly as the Rangers had hoped. If he continues to be slow in his progress, it may mean he’ll have to start the season on the disabled list. But the Rangers will wait for the MRI results, which are not expected to be revealed until Thursday.

Shin-Soo Choo played catch today. He has been sidelined with soreness in his right tricep muscle but said he felt good. He is scheduled to be used at DH on Thursday and hopes to play right field this weekend.

The Fascinating Story of Austin Delmotte

The Rangers released nine players from the Minor Leagues on Tuesday. One of them was pitcher Austin Delmotte.
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Never heard of him? Me neither. Not many have. He was only with the Rangers for just over three months after they signed him out of the California Winter League.

Sorry, don’t know every player in the Rangers farm system, so when players get released, it’s always good to check and make sure who they are. You never know.

But the more you look into Austin Delmotte, you realize this is an amazing story and it’s sad to see that he was released by the Rangers. Pay attention because this is good.

Delmotte is from Romeo, Michigan, a small town on the edge of the Metropolitan Detroit. Kid Rock is also from Romeo.

Delmotte was a big star at Romeo, both in baseball and wrestling. He was all-state in baseball and led to the Bulldogs to two regional championships in wrestling. He was an infielder and an outfielder at Romeo, and really good except he seemed to have a lot of injuries to a knee, hamstring and other stuff. He also did some pitching.

So when it was time to pick a college, he decided on Saginaw State University. But he only stayed there one semester. He left when the coach there told him he didn’t have what it takes to be a pitcher. Delmotte really wanted to be a pitcher.

So he transferred to Patrick Henry Junior College in Virginia, played two years there and then decided to go to Madonna University, a Catholic school in the Detroit area that has a good baseball reputation.

He made the team as a pitcher in 2011. In his first start, three innings in, he tore the ligament in his right elbow. He needed Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. He spent the next 18 months rehabbing and then tried again. Two years later, as a senior in 2013, Delmotte tore the ligament again and needed a second Tommy John surgery.

That’s right, two Tommy John surgeries.
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That should have been the end of it for someone who graduated with a degree in sports management. It looked like he was going to be a real estate agent – which he did while going through another rehab – and/or the Madonna pitching coach.

But he stayed with it. Austin Delmotte refused to give up. He went through another 18 months of ungodly rehab and this winter signed with the Canada A’s of the California Winter League. Apparently the A’s “represent” the country but play in Palm Springs. They also won the CWL title as Delmotte was 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA. Apparently he was throwing 94-96 miles per hour.

He was headed for the Amarillo Thunderheads in the American Association but Rangers scout Rick Schroeder signed him instead to a free agent contract.

After he signed, he told his hometown paper the Romeo Observer, “It’s a journey. A lot of people move up one level a year. I’m hoping I can exceed that rate of acceleration, but again that is going to be on the team, the organization’s needs and my performance. The work is just beginning.”

But now it is March 23 and the Rangers have released him. The word from a club official is that Delmotte threw well but others were ahead of him.
Maybe he will go to Amarillo and keep pitching. Maybe this time his arm will hold up. Maybe one day he will get a chance to pitch in the big leagues. Jeff Zimmerman once pitched in France. Jon Edwards pitched in Alpine and San Angelo.

But it would be wrong for Austin Delmotte to exit without retelling this story. There are hundreds others like him with the same dream.

Jon Daniels doesn’t see realistic starting pitching trade options

The Rangers are rumored to be looking for starting pitching but general manager Jon Daniels doesn’t see that happening.

“I don’t know od there are any realistic fits we are going to pursue,” Daniels said Sunday morning.

Daniels won’t address specific rumors – Cole Hamels being the most mentioned – but said he sees the Rangers five starters coming out of camp.

“Yes I do,” Daniels said. “In addition to the five we will break with, we’ll have several guys at Round Rock who are a phone call away.”

According to sources – Hamel would cost too much money and too many prospects. The prospects are what concern them the most.

Shawn Tolleson was scratched from pitching on Sunday because of some fore arm soreness. Not considered serious.

Shin-Soo Choo is also still out with some tightness in his left triceps muscle.

Rangers Cubs to play Minor League Charity Game

MESA, ARIZ. – The Chicago Cubs today announced details for a 2015 Futures Game featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, Monday, March 30, at Sloan Park. The best prospects and young players from each organization will showcase their talents when they take the field at 7 p.m. MST, after the Cubs host the San Francisco Giants at 1:05 p.m. MST.

Fans looking to catch the action can purchase general admission tickets in the reserved seating bowl for $6 at the Sloan Park Ticket Office or online at http://www.sloanpark.com.

A portion of the net proceeds from the game will benefit the Cubs Charities Diamond Project, which expands opportunities for children to play baseball in the Mesa community. Over the last four years, working with the Mesa Hohokam Foundation, Cubs Charities has raised funds to support youth sports, including the Mesa Little League.

The Diamond Project, one of Cubs Charities’ signature programs launched in 2014, aims to provide funds to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to support capital improvement projects and improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields. In addition, the program is intended to build an infrastructure through partnerships and resident involvement that will sustain these open spaces for the community.

The Texas Rangers will donate their portion of the game’s proceeds to the Dane McDonald Safe at Home Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit started by AZL Rangers’ Hitting Coach Donzell McDonald in honor of his son; also nephew of Cubs Mental Skills Program Coordinator Darnell McDonald.

Gates will open an hour before the start of the game. Parking in the general lots, located east of the ballpark, is complimentary.

Arizona the Beautiful….Photos on the Road from Payson to Apache Junction

No this is not the Grand Canyon...In the mountains east of Phoenix

No this is not the Grand Canyon…In the mountains east of Phoenix

Apache Lake in the mountains east of Phoenix

Apache Lake in the mountains east of Phoenix

Theodore Roosevelt Lake

Theodore Roosevelt Lake

The Road through the mountains.... a 22 mile dirt road from the dam at Roosevelt Lake to the edge of the National Forest

The Road through the mountains…. a 22 mile dirt road from the dam at Roosevelt Lake to the edge of the National Forest

Darvish press conference after leaving Thursday’s game

Yu Darvish held a short press conference in Japanese after leaving Thursday’s game after just one inning.

The press conference was held in one of the many tents that have sprouted up at Surprise Stadium. The press conference was almost impossible to hear for many reasons but this is the most reliable translation.

Q, Can you explain what was going on in the first inning?
I just had some (normal) tightness in my triceps, so I was throwing without putting too much effort, I was only focusing on my command.

Q,When did you start feeling the tightness?

Today,when I was throwing in the bullpen, it started to feel like it was tightening up, so from then on I started to throw without putting to much effort.

Q.So it wasn’t serious enough to stop throwing?
No it wasn’t that bad, so I just took the mound as normal.

Q.Did you have any experience like this in the past?
No


Q.Was it getting tighter as you threw in the first?

No, it felt like it was constant.

Q.You couldn’t loosen it up?
No, it didn’t change much,so after that I did not throw with might (with a lot of effort).

Q.So fans don’t need to be worried?
No, there’s no need to worry.


Q,Do you think you will need to skip your next side session?

Can somebody ask me about my pitching today,


Q.Are you disappointed?

No, it’s not,,,, if I was disappointed I wouldn’t be joking around.


Q.You had been working on your slide step and are able to throw some good balls this camp, how was it today?

I was able to control the ball overall today,it made me really realize that command is important and pitching is not just about velocity.

Q.Was your last pitch a change up?
Yeah.

Q,did you not think about throwing the slider?
Just one, one time.

Q.did it hurt more?
No didn’t feel anything(different) good.

Q.How was your silder?
OK

Darvish leaves with arm tightness

Yu Darvish was pulled from Thursday’s start with tightness in his right triceps. It is not considered serious. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

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