May 8, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington (38) replaces starting pitcher Matt Harrison (54) during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
It seems like every time we turn around another Texas Rangers starter or even bench player seems to be getting hurt. Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, Jurickson Profar and Geovany Soto were all not on the opening day roster because of injury or rehab, and since the season started the Texas Rangers lost Adrian Beltre (who is not back thankfully), Shin-Soo Choo (for a short time), Donnie Murphy, Martin Perez, Matt Harrison, Tanner Scheppers, and Pedro Figueroa ( I am sure I have forgotten someone, but there are so many! Oh, Robbie Ross will be skipped but that has nothing to do with injury as far as we know.
So why in the world is this happening to the Texas Rangers? What have they done wrong as an organization that is making the players drop like the fly ball that Josh Hamilton dropped in Oakland in 2012? If I had an answer to that question, I would be working for the Texas Rangers instead of writing about them. The truth is, no one knows why they continue to sustain injuries, but the fact is that they do. I am officially calling the 2014 Texas Rangers injury prone.
This team is now if fourth place in the American League West and they are bi-polar. One night they will look great, and then next night they lose 8-0 to the Astros. I am not yet ready to say that this team is doomed, but the injuries are sure hampering the team from being as successful as they can be. It’s only mid-May and the rotation is without four of the five members that were on the opening day roster as starters.
I keep wanting to say that the injured players will come back and this team will be alright, and while I hope that is the case, I am not confident anymore that it will be. The injuries just continue to roll in, and it appears that as we get a player back, another player goes down. My hope for the 2014 Texas Rangers is beginning to wane.