Mar 15, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto (8) scores a run against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Even though the Texas Rangers are beginning to get healthy, they still have a lot of injuries they are dealing with. I thought I would give you a quick update on the players still down for the count for the Texas Rangers.
Joe Saunders took a comebacker off his left ankle on April 4th in Tropicana Field, and the last update that we have on him (according to the Texas Rangers website) is that he was still experiencing discomfort in his left ankle as of April 18th. Saunders is currently in Arizona to continue his rehab, but I personally don’t see where he is going to play when he does return to the Texas Rangers? Who will the Rangers take out of the rotation for him? Right now the Texas Rangers have a rotation of Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, Robbie Ross, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison. Who would you take out of there?
Derek Holland threw live batting practice for the first time since the injury on Saturday according to SportsDay DFW. Derek still is not ready for a rehab assignment, but he is getting closer and having him back is an exciting prospect for the Texas Rangers and their fans. Same issue though, who does he replace in the rotation? We will just have to wait and see.
Joseph Ortiz also began throwing, but not yet from a mound. We may have all forgot about Ortiz with all of the other injuries that the Texas Rangers have been dealing with, but he would have been competing for a spot in the pen had he not broken his foot.
Tanner Scheppers will most likely go back the bullpen when he is ready to pitch again, and I believe that he will be much better there than the was in he rotation. He was shut down for 10 days on April 18th, so he should be able to start throwing very soon.
Jurickson Profar will have an MRI on Tuesday according to Jeff Wilson.
If he is cleared he can start swinging a bat, and that will be good news for the Texas Rangers. Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson have done a good job filling in, but I am ready to see Jurickson back on the field.
Geovany Soto does not have a lot of news out there about him, so all I can say is that I still expect him back sometime in June. Will his return mean the end of J.P. Arencibia as a Texas Rangers catcher? Only time will tell!
Neftali Feliz is supposed to start throwing this week, according to Evan Grant. There was no structural damage found by Dr. Keith Meister in his examination, so hopefully what ever was bugging Nefti will not bug him anymore and he can get back to pitching well. I would like to see him in Arlington at some point this season.
April 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (6, right) is congratulated by catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) for scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Kouzmanoff has a herniated disc and no one seems sure on if he will have surgery yet. Kouz was playing well, and I was sad to see him go down the way he did. I wanted to see him make a great comeback, but back problems just seem to continually haunt Kouz.
Jim Adduci is still suffering from his fractured finger and probably won’t return for a while still. With Michael Choice doing as well as he has been, it may be tough for Adduci to get back on the big league club when he does get back.
Shin-Soo Choo has not been put in the DL which is a good sign. It looks like he could be back as early as tonight, but that is probably unlikely. He could be used as a pinch hitter though, according to Ron Washington.
I look forward to seeing all of these guys back in the lineup as soon as possible!