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DeShields to DL; Odor recalled on busy day

The Rangers officially placed outfielder Delino DeShields on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and recalled second baseman Rougned Odor on Monday.

The estimated recovery time for DeShields is three weeks, and his injury comes with plenty of moving parts.

Odor’s callup moves Hanser Alberto to third and shifts Joey Gallo in left field. Gallo, who has worked in the outfield in Double-A, is also hitting second in Monday’s lineup.

Left fielder Josh Hamilton, who has been on the DL since June 4 (retroactive to June 1) took swings off a tee and worked front toss for the first time since his injury.

Pitcher Matt Harrison, who threw 98 pitches and allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday in a Triple-A Round Rock rehab start, was in Arlington and said both his back and arm are feeling good.

The Rangers are also expected to announce the signings of second-round pick Eric Jenkins and third-round pick Michael Matuella on Monday. Both are in Arlington for physicals.

Rangers draft Big Texan

The Rangers draft 6-foot-7 RHP Blake Bass… converted first baseman… senior…. throws hard… first team Lone Star Conference… hometown is Lubbock

Rangers take SS Dylan Moore

Rangers drafted SS Dylan Moore from University of Central Florida… He is a senior… has some power….

Speculation is Rangers are going to take some cheap picks to help save money for Matuella and Lemoine

Rangers take Tyler Ferguson RHP

Ferguson pitched at Vanderbilt… 93-96 good slider…. Had command control issues….another high risk guy….

Four college pitchers. Could be a cheap sign

Fifth round: Rangers go back to Georgia: OF Chad Smith

Rangers went to their favorite state and drafted high school outfielder Chad Smith from Georgia. Has some potential. Rangers love Georgia

Rangers take RHP Jake Lemoine

PItcher from University Houston…coming back from shoulder problems…. Another high risk, high reward pick

Rangers use third-round pick for RHP Michael Matuella

The Rangers take a pitcher who has had Tommy John surgery and back trouble but high talent…. He is from Duke University…. Gamble but high reward.. His back trouble is similar to Matt Harrison


It’s not the arm surgery that has scouts spooked – Tommy John surgery is common among young top pitchers – it’s Matuella’s back. He was diagnosed with spondylolysis, a manageable condition that involves a defect in the connection between vertebrae. There is disagreement among baseball people as to how serious of a concern his back is, but it’s notable enough that analysts don’t expect him to be treated as favorably as other pitchers who have recently been drafted after Tommy John surgery: Jeff Hoffman, out of East Carolina, still went No. 9 overall last year to the Toronto Blue Jays, and UNLV’s Erick Fedde went 18th to the Washington Nationals. Hoffman already is back and throwing 99 mph in the Jays’ system.

“Even if you put the back pain aside, the scouting industry really needs to have a comfort level with anybody, even if they’re healthy. It’s such a crapshoot,”’s Jonathan Mayo said. “You add in elbow surgery, which most people now feel comfortable that a guy is going to come back from, with the fact of, ‘well, who is he?’ He has never thrown more than 60 innings. He didn’t pitch in the Cape or for USA Baseball or anything like that. There have not been enough looks at who he is regularly to feel that that is who he can be once he’s healthy. That’s probably, more than anything, what is keeping his draft stock down.

“You roll the dice and draft Michael Matuella, you’re hoping that he’s the guy who showed up in glimpses last year,” Mayo added. “That’s a large caveat when you’re talking about a first-round pick.”

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