MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH
Monday was a big day for the Rangers' injury-ravaged pitching staff.
First, Texas made headlines before the first pitch was thrown against the Yankees, acquiring right-hander Matt Garza from the Cubs for righty Justin Grimm, Triple-A infielder Mike Olt, Class A right-hander C.J. Edwards and two players to be named.
"In our opinion he was the best guy in the market and we wanted to make a push to get him," general manager Jon Daniels said.
The veteran helps solidify a staff that's been decimated by injuries this season and reaffirms Texas' goal to get back to the postseason. Garza was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks before the trade was officially announced. The 29-year-old veteran is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 71 innings this season. Since June 11, he is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in 43 2/3 innings.
Texas also got right-hander Yu Darvish back and he threw 6.1 scoreless innings as the Rangers blanked the Yankees 3-0.
"I was able to locate my fastball for strikes, especially early in counts, and then able to throw all my pitches," Yu said through his interpreter. "I think it went smoothly."
Darvish had missed two weeks due to fatigue in the trapezius muscle area of his upper back. The Rangers need him to once again gobble up innings. In the four starts before he went on the DL, he averaged just six innings per outing.
"I think it was really good for me," Darvish said of the rest, which is similar to the break he got last year around the All-Star break. "I was able to rest and do everything I had to do."
More good news awaits on Tuesday, as righty Alexi Ogando returns to start vs. the Yankees. Ogando, who is coming off his second DL stint of the season, will probably be watched even more closely than Darvish. The Rangers had hoped to build Ogando up to 90-95 pitches on his recent rehab assignment, but the most he pitched was 80 in an efficient seven-inning outing last week. It's unlikely the Rangers would let him go more than 100 pitches, if that much.
Ogando has thrown more than 100 pitches twice this season, topping out at 102 on May 10 at Houston. After his next outing, he started to complain of soreness. He's made just one major league start since May 16.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Rangers (Alexi Ogando, 4-2, 2.94) vs. Yankees (Phil Hughes, 4-9, 4.57 ERA)
--RHP Alexi Ogando is scheduled to come off the disabled list and start Tuesday. He was placed on the DL on June 9, retroactive to June 6, with right shoulder inflammation and made three starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Ogando has been on the DL twice this season. He is 1-1 with a 10.03 ERA in eight career games (two starts) against New York.
-- RHP Yu Darvish returned from the 15-day disabled list to make Monday's start against the Yankees. He went 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out four. Darvish earned his team-leading ninth win. He threw 90 pitches, with 60 for strikes.
--RHP Matt Garza was acquired from the Cubs for RHP Justin Grimm, Triple-A INF Mike Olt, Class A RHP C.J. Edwards and two players to be named. He helps solidify a Rangers staff that's been decimated by injuries this season. The 29-year-old veteran is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 71 innings this season. Since June 11, he is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in 43 2/3 innings. "In our opinion he was the best guy in the market and we wanted to make a push to get him," general manager Jon Daniels said.
--1B Mitch Moreland was second in the order Monday, the fourth different No. 2 hitter for Texas in the last four games. Moreland went 0-4.
--DH Lance Berkman took batting practice Monday. He went on the disabled list July 7 with left hip inflammation and is eligible to return to the active roster. Berkman doesn't have a timetable, but hopes to return soon.
--RHP Colby Lewis made a rehab start Monday for Double-A Frisco. He worked three innings, gave up five hits and three earned runs on 56 pitches. Lewis has been out all season since having surgery to repair a torn lexor tendon in his throwing elbow last season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We got terrific pitching, timely hitting and ran the bases the way we're capable of running the bases, and the defense was crisp." -- Manager Ron Washington, after Monday's 3-0 shutout victory over the Yankees.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Yu Darvish (mild right upper back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7. He was activated July 22.
--RHP Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He was out May 16-June 4 due to right biceps tendinitis. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on July 6. He made his third rehab start July 18. He is expected to be activated to start July 23.
--DH Lance Berkman (inflamed left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list July 7. He took batting practice July 22. Berkman doesn't have a timetable but hopes to return soon.
--RHP Colby Lewis (right flexor tendon surgery in July 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6. He began throwing live batting practice April 8, and he pitched in extended spring training May 4. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on May 9, but his rehab was then shut down due to triceps soreness. Lewis began a new rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on May 20, and he started for Round Rock on May 25. On May 28 the team shut him down due to muscular soreness in the back of his right elbow. He was given a platelet-rich-plasma injection. He threw a bullpen session June 17. He did some long-tossing June 25 in Arlington, then threw bullpen sessions in late June and early July. He threw live batting practice July 9. He started a rehab assignment on July 17. He made a rehab start July 22 for Double-A Frisco.
--LHP Matt Harrison (lower-back soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 25. He had surgery April 23 to repair a herniated disk. He underwent a second operation May 1. He was playing catch from flat ground as of mid-June and as of July 9 has started to play catch off a mound. He is scheduled to throw live batting practice early in the July 22 week and could begin a rehab assignment before the end of July. He's shooting for an August return.
--RHP Nick Tepesch (inflamed right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6.
--LHP Michael Kirkman (recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma on right triceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 12. The cancer, which will be treated with radiation sessions, was found during a routine screening in May by Rangers doctors. He was first diagnosed with skin cancer in the same area in January 2012.
--RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 24. He has started throwing off a mound in Arizona. Feliz threw his third bullpen session June 26 but will only throw fastballs. He was throwing bullpen sessions but not facing live hitters as of July 18.
LHP Derek Holland
LHP Martin Perez
RHP Ross Wolf
RHP Yu Darvish
RHP Joe Nathan (closer)
RHP Jason Frasor
LHP Robbie Ross
RHP Tanner Scheppers
LHP Neal Cotts
RHP Cory Burns
RHP Joakim Soria
LHP Joseph Ortiz
1B Mitch Moreland
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
3B Adrian Beltre
INF Jurickson Profar
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin
RF Nelson Cruz
OF Engel Beltre
OF Jeff Baker
OF Craig Gentry