With the recent hits to the Texas Rangers' starting rotation, general manager Jon Daniels could be busy over the next few months.
On May 14, CBS Sports' Mike Axisa reported that the Rangers placed Martin Perez on the 15-day disabled list. He also explained that Perez has a partially torn UCL and may require Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old was 4-3 and threw his first two career shutouts this season.
On top of the Perez news, ESPN.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote that Matt Harrison will indeed require spinal fusion surgery to remove the discomfort he has in his back. Harrison made just two starts in 2013 and has only took the mound four times this season.
Both would be huge blows to a rotation that has seen hurlers come and go over the last two-and-a-half years. And with the exception of Yu Darvish, most of the Texas starters have struggled to be consistent and keep runs off the board.
At 20-21, the club still has a shot at the postseason. However, there will be no October baseball in Arlington if Daniels can’t string together a solid pitching foundation. There isn’t much to offer, considering past deals have eradicated much of the MLB-ready talent in the organization.
There are some deals that still could be made. It will be up to the GM to decide just how far he is willing to go to keep this team contending for the playoffs.