Texas Rangers news, rumors and injuries
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:52:53 -0700
Texas Rangers OF Shin-soo Choo (calf) is feeling better, as he recovered from a strained right calf, but he is still at least seven to 10 days from appearing in minor-league rehab games.
Fantasy Tip: Avoid using Choo in the active fantasy lineup and DFS play until he can officially return and play a handful of games to prove his health and knock off the rust.
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:51:19 -0700
Texas Rangers C Robinson Chirinos (forearm) will have more scans Tuesday, May 3, to determine if he is healed enough to resume baseball activities and minor-league rehab games. He has been catching balls from a machine in the batting cage and running.
Fantasy Tip: Avoid Chirinos in all fantasy leagues until he can officially return and prove his health in a full game. Brett Nicholas and Bryan Holaday are holding down the fort behind the dish until Chirinos is healthy enough to return.
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:50:51 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Odor started the season a bit slowly, but heh as hit safely in four straight and six of the past seven to raise his average from .233 to .264 just since April 22. He remains a must-start in all AL-only leagues, most mixed formats and DFS play.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:49:50 -0700
Texas Rangers SS Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI Friday, April 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is hitting .394 over the past 10 games after hitting .091 over his first 12 outings.
Fantasy Tip: Desmond is red hot and a must-start in all fantasy formats, and he is a good DFS value since his salary was held down due to his earlier poor start.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:49:20 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis allowed two runs and nine hits over seven innings in a win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, April 29. Lewis entered the game 6-11 with a 6.82 ERA in his career against the Angels. Lewis did not record a strikeout for the first time in 117 regular season and postseason starts, since May 2011.
Fantasy Tip: Lewis was a risky fantasy option and DFS play, especially since he was facing a red-hot Hector Santiago. However, the risk paid off for contrarian players.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:18:46 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister is considering using a six-man rotation when SP Yu Darvish (elbow) is activated from the disabled list. If all goes well with his rehab, Darvish could return to action in late May, and the Rangers will play 43 games in a 45-day stretch between May 27 and July 10.
Fantasy Tip: None of the Rangers' current starters has pitched poorly enough to be demoted to the bullpen and Banister is also taking each pitcher's recent injury history into account when it comes to a possible six-man rotation. Darvish, along with SPs Martin Perez and A.J. Griffin, have each undergone Tommy John surgery in the last three years, while SP Derek Holland missed most of the previous two seasons due to various injuries and SP Cole Hamels has battled a recent hamstring issue. A six-man rotation would negatively impact owners of Texas starters in seasonal leagues due to the slim chances of any pitcher receiving two starts in the same week.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:04:48 -0700
Confirming a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Frisco Saturday, April 30. He will play five innings in the outfield during his first rehab game.
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton is projected to be a platoon player in either left field or right field once he returns from the disabled list. His age (34), declining skills and injury history limit his fantasy appeal to AL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:57:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mazara hasn't had a lot of hitless games so far, as the left-handed Dominican has been lights out. He is still hitting .345 with a .906 OPS even with the hitless performance.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:56:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Perez has three quality starts in three home outings this season. He isn't a high strikeout pitcher, and he doesn't get a ton of run support for some reason. The Rangers have provided a total of 11 runs in his five starts so far this season.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:46:24 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels (groin) threw a successful second bullpen session Wednesday, April 27, and he's scheduled to return to the rotation and face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, May 1.
Fantasy Tip: Hamels isn't getting as many strikeouts as he has in the past (23 in 25 inning), but he's been efficient and has gone at least six innings in three of his four starts. Hamels has also allowed three earned runs or less in each of his outings. Facing the Angels Sunday, Hamels should be returned to starting lineups everywhere. The Halos rank dead last in the AL with a .646 OPS.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:23:23 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (elbow) will need to be stretched out to 90 to 100 pitches before making his 2016 debut, according to manager Jeff Banister. Bannister projects Saturday, May 21, or Friday, May 27, as potential return dates for Darvish.
Fantasy Tip: There are still potential hiccups ahead, but fantasy owners who've patiently stashed Darvish want him healthy and available as the start-and-forget ace of their rotation. Continue to check back for updates and monitor his rehab starts, which begin with a two-inning/30-pitch outing Sunday, May 1.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:27:55 -0700
Texas Rangers 1Bs Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland are not in the starting lineup against New York Yankees left-handed SP CC Sabathia Wednesday, April 27. OF Ryan Rua is the designated hitter and is batting fifth, while 2B Hanser Alberto is at first base and is hitting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: Rua hits much better in his short career against left-handers (.287 with three of his six homers), so he could be a deep sleeper worth pursuing in daily formats. Alberto has just two hits in 14 at-bats (.143) and hit .222 in 99 at-bats in 2015. He's one to avoid.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:32:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Continue to stash the fantasy ace in all formats and monitor his progress during his rehab assignment. Darvish has an approximate return date set for Monday, May 16, and the outing Sunday will be the first of three rehab starts. Through his 83 career starts, Darvish has a 3.27 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 11.2 K/9.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:20:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Odor has been leading off the past three games, but facing a lefty, DeShields is setting the table again Wednesday. DeShields grabs a huge fantasy boost batting atop the lineup, whereas Odor's value doesn't significantly change outside of likely trading a few opportunities to score runs for RBI chances. Both are strong daily options against Sabathia Wednesday, too.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:26:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Brinson is one of the team's top prospects that could emerge at some point this year. Keep him on your watch lists.
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