As of Tuesday morning
Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski have been told they are on the team. No official word yet but it appears Rua has won the starting left field job and Smolinski will be the fourth outfielder
It appears all but assured that the Rangers will keep Rule 5 draft pick Delino DeShields. He has already taking ground balls at second base in addition to his regular work in the outfield.
Tanner Scheppers has been sent back to Arlington to have his right ankle examined by Dr. Keith Meister. Still no word yet about the MRI and if Scheppers will start the season on the disabled list.
Jamey Wright has been released and Shawn Tolleson is pitching in a B game
The Rangers have told outfielder Ryan Ludwick that he will not make the team. Ludwick has left the team and will take a few days to decide his future.
“All-world guy,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “I hope he catches a big league job with another team. I think he can help somebody. As we look at it today, we thought other options in camp fit the roster better.”
The Rangers have five players vying for three spots: left field, corner outfield, last spot on the bench. The candidates are right-handed swinging Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski, left-handed hitting Nate Schierholz and Carlos Peguero, and Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields.
Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson’s MRI showed “no material change” from an MRI done in 2013. The Rangers believe that is good news. Tolleson has been sidelined with tightness in his right forearm and the Rangers are hopeful it is nothing more than that. Tolleson will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister in person on Friday and the Rangers will devise a plan based off that examination.
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 Rangers released nine players from the Minor Leagues on Tuesday. One of them was pitcher Austin Delmotte.
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.
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.
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.
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.