Choo to have surgery on left ankle; Choice out for the year

Shin-Soo Choo will have surgery on his left ankle to repair torn cartilage Tuesday. He will need 6-8 weeks of recovery. This is the ankle that has been an issue since April. The Rangers have also confirmed that Michael Choice will be out for the remainder of the season with a severe strained left hamstring. Jake Smolinski has been activated off the disabled list

Rangers lose Myrtle Beach to Cubs

The Rangers have lost the coveted affiliation with Class A Myrtle Beach. The Cubs have taken it away from them. The Cubs were in Daytona Beach. There is also Lynchburg, Va. and the dreaded Bakersfield in the California League.

Levine withdraws from Arizona

Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine has withdrawn from consideration for the Arizona GM job. Levine spoke with Tony LaRussa, the D-backs executive conducting the search

Baker Scratched For Saturday Bonilla To Start

Scott Baker will not start Saturday’s game against the Braves, he has tricepts tendinitis. RHP Lisalverto Bonilla will be the starting pitcher.

More on the website later.

Jones to receive Bronze Star for his Military service before tonight’s game

Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones will receive the Bronze Star before Thursday’s game with the Angels. Here are the details.

Arlington, TX—Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones will receive a very special honor as part of tonight’s Patriot Day pre-game ceremonies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers and Los Angeles Angels play the final game of their three-game series at 7:05 p.m.
Jones, who is in his 40th season as a player, minor league manager and coach in the Rangers organization, is a United States Army Veteran who served 14 months in Vietnam – from December 1969 to February 1971.
Then Corporal Jones was section chief in a 105 millimeter howitzer battery, providing fire support for American infantrymen.
Upon his return from Vietnam, Corporal Jones was handed the Bronze Star —a practice common at the time.  He never had the medal officially presented to him in a formal ceremony from a senior military officer, as is customary.
Tonight, Army Corporal Robert Oliver Jones, will officially be presented the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement while engaged in conflict with an opposing foreign force. Col. R.J. Muraski, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, headquartered in Dallas, will officially present the Bronze Star Medal with accompanying citation to Corporal Jones.
In addition, the Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard will present the colors and United States Airmen, joined by members of the Arlington Fire and Police Departments, will unfurl a large American flag in the outfield. The 531st United States Air Force Quintet will perform the National Anthem, which will be preceded by a Moment of Silence. The first 15,000 fans entering Globe Life Park this evening will receive a Fanatics Fan’s Choice Camo T-Shirt.

Levine is D-backs candidate

Steve Gilbert of MLB.Com and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports are reporting that Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine is a candidate for the GM job in Arizona. He is one of ten candidates. Former Rangers farm director Tim Purpura is also a candidate

Rangers update: Beltre, Andrus, Chirinos

Shortstop Elvis Andrus was given another day off on Tuesday. But manager Tim Bogar said Andrus will be in the lineup either at DH or shortstop for most of the rest of the season. Guilder Rodriguez was at second base in his Major League debut and Luis Sardinas was at shortstop.

Robinson Chirinos had an MRI on his sore neck on Monday. The results were clean and he is hoping to be back in the lineup in the next day or two.

Outfieldfer Engel Beltre, who missed all season with a broken bone in his right leg, has developed a stress fracture in his left leg. he will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Miles Mikolas, sidelined with right shoulder fatigue, is playing catch but still not off a mound. He is hoping to get there later this week.

The Rangers have brought in Double A pitching gems Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Alex Gonzalez and Luke Jackson into Arlington this week to observe and work out.

Outfielder Jim Adduci is still recovering from a concussion and is not ready to play.

Jake Smolinski is starting to take batting practice but can only jog. He remains sidelined with a fractured bone in his left foot.

 

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