The Rangers have lost both left-handed pitcher Kevin Matthews and outfielder Zach Cone for the season. Matthews needs surgery because of a bone spur in his left shoulder and Cone is out with a torn left achilles tendon. Matthews was the 33rd overall pick of the 2011 draft and Cone was the 37th overall pick.
The Rangers have announced pitcher Matt Harrison will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. He will be out until at least the All-Star break. The Rangers are going to stay with Justin Grimm in the rotation for now and Colby Lewis can return at some point in May. He is throwing live batting practice in Surprise and is in the final month of recovering from flexor tendon surgery.
The Rangers have claimed pitcher LHP Charlie Leesman on release waivers from the White Sox. He has 5 days to accept or decline the assignment or become a free agent. He was pitching for White Sox in extended spring after having surgery for torn ACL in left knee last fall. He would go on the 40-man roster if he accepts assignment.
The Cubs have claimed Julio Borbon. The Orioles also put in a claim but the Cubs had priority. The Orioles could have had him for a low level pitching prospect but declined.
It is dark, cold and raining at Wrigley Field. The game has not been called yet. Apparently somebody has used the dreaded “window.” There is no window showing from the press box.
Right now it is not raining at Wrigley Field. The tarp is on the field, the sky is overcast and the warning tracks are soaked. But Scott Feldman just threw a bullpen session for the Cubs and the grounds crew is doing some maintenance out there. Weather is supposed to be bad but so far all the dire forecasts have not come to pass. Baseball tonight may be a possibility.
Tomorrow’s forecast is not supposed to be good either but who knows.