It is raining in Arlington but the Rangers think they have a chance of playing tonight.
Mitch Moreland and Kyuji Fujikawa are here but the Rangers have not announced any roster moves. Still waiting to see for certain if they will play.
No word yet if Leonys Martin is ready to return to the lineup. He missed Tuesday’s game except for a pinch-running stint after re-aggravating his sprained left wrist.
The Rangers relievers have allowed a MLB high seven home runs to first batters. Alex Claudio has done it three times, Shawn Tolleson twice and Anthony Bass and Stolmy Pimentel one each.
The Rangers haven’t had a rain out since May 29, 2013.
The Rangers announced center fielder Leonys Martin is day-to-day after flaring up a sprained left wrist he suffered May 4 against Houston.
Martin underwent a precautionary MRI that revealed no fracture.
Center fielder Leonys Martin was out of the lineup on Tuesday after re-aggravating his sprained left wrist. Martin was jammed on a pitch during Monday’s game against the Royals. Delino DeShields started for the Rangers in center
The Rangers have optioned infielder Rougned Odor to Triple A and called up infielder Thomas Field from Triple A Round Rock. Odor was hitting .144 with a .252 on-base percentage and a .233 slugging percentage.
Field is in the lineup tonight
— Yovani Gallardo on the start to his season: “The only thing I have struggled with a little bit is finding a good rhythm. I find it for one inning and then it gets away from me. If I’m able to do that from the first pitch on, it is going to be a good one.”
— Gallardo has a three-game losing streak. He has had only one four-game losing streak in his career. That was with the Brewers in 2013.
— Shin-Soo Choo has an extra basehit in seven consecutive games. That’s the longest active streak in the Majors.
— Adam Rosales on getting more playing time while Rougned Odor fights out of his slump: “He is going to be all right. He is going to be fine. I just look at this as an opportunity to get 4-5 at-bats every day, play solid defense and look for us to keep winning.”
— Delino DeShields is only the second rookie with three walks and three stolen bases in the last 23 years. The other was Andrew McCutcheon with the Pirates on Aug. 11, 2009.
— Adrian Beltre has played in 168 straight games for the Rangers. Now that Evan Longoria missed Thursday’s game for the Rays, Beltre has the second longest streak in the Majors. The longest is Freddie Freeman of the Braves with 196 straight games.
— The Rangers have hit at least one double in 27 straight games, second longest streak in club history. They hit in 34 straight in 1996.
— The Rangers hit 77 doubles in those 34 games in 1996. Ivan Rodriguez hit 12, Juan Gonzalez hit 11, Rusty Greer had 10, Kevin Elster and Dean Palmer both had nine.
— Streak ended on July 27, 1996. Rangers won in ten innings, 6-4. The big hit in the inning was a triple by Lee Stevens.
— Speaking of doubles: Ernie Lombardi once hit four doubles in four consecutive innings. That was for the Reds in 1935. Came off of four different pitchers in the sixth, seventh, eighth and nine innings.
— Alex Rodriguez is on pace for 39 home runs and 101 RBI.
— On May 8, 1926, a three-alarm fire burned down the left-field bleachers and grandstand at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had to use the insurance money to pay for operating expenses. The bleachers were never rebuilt and now there is a wall there.
— Nick Martinez is now second in the American League with a 1.47 ERA. Dallas Keuchel of the Astros leads with a 0.80 ERA. Martinez was ahead of him until he allowed three runs in the fifth inning on Thursday night.
— Former Rangers pitcher Chris Young was a free agent in the 2013-14 off-season. Didn’t sign a contract until March 27 with the Mariners. Went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners. Became a free agent again. This time he signed with the Royals. He is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in one start and six relief appearances.
— Of course Young only throws 87 miles per hour.
Arlington, Texas–The Texas Rangers today announced that outfielder Josh Hamilton and infielder Mitch Moreland will begin minor league rehab assignments with Triple-A Round Rock this weekend.
Moreland, who went on the 15-day disabled list on April 29 (retroactive to April 28) and underwent surgery by Dr. Keith Meister to remove a loose body from his elbow that day, will join Round Rock on Saturday when the Express play at Nashville at 6:35 CT. He is batting .304 with one homer and 9 RBI in 16 games for the Rangers this season.
Hamilton, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations on April 27, is expected to debut with Round Rock on Sunday, when the Express play at Nashville at 2:05 p.m. CT. Round Rock also plays in Nashville on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. CT before opening a four game series with Omaha at Dell Diamond on Tuesday evening.
The 34-year-old Hamilton has spent the entire 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list as he continued to undergo rehab from right shoulder surgery on February 4. Hamilton’s AC joint was repaired during the surgery performed by Dr. Meister in Arlington.
Following his trade to Texas, Hamilton has been working out in the Rangers’ extended spring program in Surprise, Arizona since April 28. He played in Rangers’ extended spring games on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with 13 total at bats and one walk in the three games. In his final Arizona action today against Seattle’s extended spring team, he was 1-for-5 with a 3-run home run while playing 5 innings in left field.
The Rangers have released LHP Kevin Matthews, their 33rd overall pick from the 2011 draft. Matthews was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired on Wednesday morning in Hickory.
The Rangers released a statement saying, “The Texas Rangers are very disappointed in the Wednesday morning incident involving Kevin Matthews, and we certainly do not condone this behavior. We cannot comment any further on this situation since it is a police matter.”
Matthews had a 6.48 ERA in six games at Hickory. His career never took off after starting out with arm problems and the Rangers were likely to let him go at some point anyway.