The injuries keep coming. And coming. And coming…
Today the Texas Rangers announced right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister. The soon-to-be 25-year old (June 18) made his major league debut last season as a September call-up. Bonilla pitched very well, posting three wins in as many starts. In 5 games (20.2 IP), he allowed only 7 runs and 13 hits while earning 17 strikeouts.
After a rough spring, Lisalverto Bonilla received a shot for elbow discomfort on April 3 and started the season on the 15-day disabled list. On Saturday, the Texas Rangers moved him to the 60-day disabled. I realize this isn’t necessarily a huge blow to the Rangers rotation, but it is for this Texas Rangers fan. It seems that we can’t catch a break these days.
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Left-handed pitcher Derek Holland was also placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday. This one does hurt. Holland was trying to prove he could be the ace of the staff with Yu Darvish out for the season. He was trying to prove he is, in fact, the pitcher we thought he was back in the 2010 and 2011 postseasons. And, he was doing a fine job proving he was back to being his old self.
When Derek Holland returned at the end of the 2014 season in September he posted a 2-0 record with an ERA of 1.46. He was back to looking like the Holland we once knew. I was excited to see him start in the Rangers’ Home Opener, I felt he truly earned it. I was then horrified learning he had left the first inning due to shoulder discomfort. Hopefully, his injury really is something that only needs time and rest to heal. But with the way things are looking in Texas right now I’m not going to hold my breath.
And to add insult to injury or injuries, outfielder Ryan Rua who also left the Home Opener has a broken bone in his right heel along with a sprained ankle. On the ‘Saturday Disabled List Party’ Rua was placed on the 15-day DL. He is currently wearing a boot for the injury and is expected to be out two-to-three weeks.
For those of you wanting to fire the conditioning staff here is what Jeff Banister has to say about that:
Either way you slice it, the Texas Rangers are not off to a good start when it comes to leaving the 2014 injury plague behind. If you still think it’s the Curse of Nolan Ryan or the Ian Kinsler Curse, maybe you should rethink that because I’m starting think Globe Life Insurance might have a better reason to curse the Rangers.
Seriously, I don’t know what is going on but maybe we should stop drinking the water?