The Yankees aren't the only team out there that's banged up at the moment. The Rangers have plenty of their own injuries, and it seems like more are coming every day.
In fact, the Rangers learned on Thursday that Adrian Beltre is day-to-day with a bum shoulder and Mike Olt is going to be out as long as two weeks with plantar fasciitis, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Meanwhile, Mike Napoli and Robbie Ross are still out, and Wilson reported on Wednesday that Mike Adams is going to need to rest for a day or two with a sore trap muscle. Per the team's official site, Josh Hamilton had to have an injection on Wednesday to soothe his sore left knee, and Roy Oswalt is going to be out for a while right a sore right elbow.
You'd never know that we're talking about a team that went 19-10 in August and is 7-4 so far in September. The Rangers are falling apart, but they're still winning games. Their injuries aren't killing them.
Neither, amazingly, is Michael Young. He's been one of the worst players in the American League for much of the season, but he has a decent enough .733 OPS in September. He hasn't been this good (OK fine, decent) since the first month of the season.
Because neither injuries nor Young have killed the Rangers yet, I'm guessing that their three-game lead in the AL West is safe. Even if they don't win the division, it would be a shock if they didn't nab a wild-card spot.
But if they miss out on the playoffs altogether, we'll know what killed them: Injuries and Michael Young.
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