Cole Hamels speaks… here is what he is saying courtesy of Cash Kruth
I can’t thank you enough for that. It’s been one of the most joyous experiences for, not only myself, but my family’s been able to be a part of. Raising my family here, it’s been special, and we’ll continue to do so. … The support you guys have given us, it’s monumental.
Weight off shoulders:
It’s a long process. I think sometimes you don’t necessary want it to be. I’ve always wanted to be here and fight. The Fightin’ Phils, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do and I didn’t ever want to be counted out. But I understand this is the nature of this and this happens and you just have to accept it.
I’m excited to start the next chapter in my baseball life. It’s something where they have a lot of great players. I’ve followed a lot of those players, I’ve played against a lot of them. Knowing there’s always a chance, especially in that league. You can put on a good roll. I’m hoping to be a part of that and I’m excited for that. To be part of something special there, to live up to what I know and what I expect, it’s something I’m ready to do.
It’s just long. They have a job to do. I’m not in those negotiations, nor should I be. It’s just me siting back and waiting until that decisive moment and then being available if someone needs me from my end. They’re the ones that have the difficult part.
It’s difficult. You don’t ever want to say no to anybody. I know there’s going to be a point in every baseball player’s life were you’re going to fight for that last job, that last year. … [The no-trade clause] is more like a free-agent contract. I have four years left. Those were the details involved, and this happened and this was an area that it our criteria and we’re ready to start that chapter.
The Rangers have optioned pitcher Phil Klein to Triple A and designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment.
The Rangers have called up pitchers Alex Claudio and Jon Edwards from Triple A.
Cole Hamels is still with the Phillies. People are now saying that the Rangers are the favorites…whatever that means.
Jon Daniels only communique with the media on Wednesday was an announcement around noon that “I’m hungry.”
We are under 48 hours.
Wandy Rodriguez did a nice job as a starter for the Rangers. They will try to trade him…
The Rangers announced they will start right-hander Colby Lewis on Wednesday and right-hander Yovani Gallardo on Thursday to finish out a four-game series with the Yankees.
They will not start lefty Wandy Rodriguez despite manager Jeff Banister saying Rodriguez could start if he recovered well after throwing 1 1/3 innings of relief Sunday against the Angels.
The Rangers announced Monday they have recalled right-handed pitcher Phil Klein. They also optioned right-handed reliever Anthony Bass to Triple-A Round Rock and designated right-hander Ross Ohlendorf for assignment.
Friday at Minute Maid
Shin-Soo Choo was not in the lineup on Friday night. He is not hurt. The Rangers are going with Delino DeShields in left, Leonys Martin in center and Josh Hamilton in right for the first game of the second half.
Stay tuned on that one.
Nick Martinez pitched two innings in Triple A on Thursday night. The Rangers are looking for bullpen help. It appears there is a possibility Martinez could come back as a reliever.
Derek Holland threw in the bullpen on Friday. His next step will be live BP in Colorado. The Rangers have discussed the possibility of Holland in the bullpen but his rehab process will continue to be as a starter. If that is the case, he may not be back until September.
Carlos Corporan has been put on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.,.. Tomas Telis has been called up… Corporan aggravated it during Thursday’s workout
As the Rangers get ready for the second half, there are two weeks to go before the July 31 Trade Deadline…
There appears to be no traction between the Rangers and the Phillies as far as Cole Hamels. The Rangers like the pitcher but not the contract or the asking price as far as prospects. Said one Rangers source, “If we were going to do that trade, we would have already done it by now.”
The Rangers have found there is some interest in left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who starts on Monday against Colorado. Clubs have told the Rangers that Rodriguez could be a fallback option if they are unable to land a bigger name starting pitcher in a trade.
If the Rangers move Rodriguez, it would allow them to bring back Nick Martinez or Chi Chi Gonzalez
Clubs are looking for catching. The Rangers are open to moving Carlos Corporan and bringing up Tomas Telis.
Yovani Gallardo is a free agent after the season. The Rangers will likely wait until right up to the Trade Deadline before they decide if they will make him available. The Rangers won’t want to move him if they feel they are still in the race.
Derek Holland throws a bullpen session on Saturday and could throw live batting practice in Colorado. The next step could be a rehab assignment.
Matt Harrison is throwing live BP in Houston on Thursday evening. He is scheduled to start Tuesday in Colorado.