One of the biggest problems for the Rangers this season has been the lack of health from the starting rotation. Veteran Andrew Cashner is now the third Rangers starter to land on the disabled list.
The Texas Rangers just got Tyson Ross back and now lose Andrew Cashner. The team has placed Cashner on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. According to T.R. Sullivan, manager Jeff Banister had this to say about the injury.
"“It’s fairly minor,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “Minimum of one start, that’s what we are looking at. It’s not even close to the other two.”"
The other two he’s referring to are A.J. Griffin and Cole Hamels that went down with similar injuries earlier in the season. Cashner is 3-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 12 starts this season. Early in Wednesday’s start Cashner said he felt discomfort.
Cashner was scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Nick Martinez will likely take over for a start, but he’s working out of the bullpen this weekend. The Rangers also made another roster move with Cashner going down.
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The Rangers called up right-handed veteran Ernesto Frieri from Triple-A Round Rock. The 31-year-old has been on the roster for less than two weeks, and made just one appearance in Round Rock.
The veteran has been impressive in 18 appearances between the Yankees and Rangers minors. Frieri posted a 2.86 ERA with seven saves and 26 strikeouts. He has 73 career saves with a 3.55 ERA in 298 games over seven Major League seasons.
The Rangers have also designated outfielder Peter O’Brien for assignment to make room for Frieri. He was claimed off waivers from the Reds on May 27.