MLB 2011: Texas Rangers' Beaten and Bruised Bullpen Takes Another Big Blow.

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MLB 2011: Texas Rangers' Beaten and Bruised Bullpen Takes Another Big Blow.
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Darren O'Day, the dominate side armed right-handed pitcher out of the bullpen for the Texas Rangers is reported to be on the 60-Day DL.

"Texas right-hander Darren O'Day has been put on the 60 day disabled list with a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip. O'Day went to Nashville Wednesday to visit with a hip specialist," reported Anthony Andro of Star-Telegram.com

As O'Day, who underwent surgery Thursday, goes off to physical therapy, we can only sit in shock and awe of the situation the Rangers have been put in. They have lost the American League Most Valuable Player in Josh Hamilton, they have lost the Rookie of the Year in Neftali Feliz, they have lost a pitcher with a 13-4 record and 3.73 ERA in 2009 in Tommy Hunter, and they have now lost O'Day.

Yes, I know, submarine one-inning guys aren't special. They aren't stars. They are equivalent to a field goal kicker in the NFL.

But here is the kicker (no pun intended). How many games do the Philadelphia Eagles lose if they don't have David Ackers? Do the New England Patriots still win Superbowl XXXVI without the leg of Adam Vinatieri?

Do the Rangers go to the World Series without the services of the 2.03 ERA, .887 WHIP and 3.75 SO/BB ratio O'Day provided them?

The fact is this: O'Day might pitch enough to record nine outs a week. His job is to get one to three outs a game at most three or four times a week. However, the role he plays is crucial to the Rangers success. He comes in with people on base or the middle of the lineup due up to hit. Or both. A team is only as good as their bullpen.

How the Rangers respond to this is a different story, and one you ought to like.

How much adversity did they contend with last year? Well their team was bankrupt and didn't have an owner to start. Oh, and their coach failed a drug test positive for cocaine. They have had their fair share of adversity.

So let's evaluate the situation. Yes, there are injuries. But there were also injuries among other issues last year, and the Rangers still were able to go to the World Series. Am I saying they make a trip back? In the words of Ron Washington, "It's April." They are still in first place sitting at 15-10, but they are 6-9 since the infamous Josh Hamilton slide, which started a landslide of injuries it seems.

If they can remain close to a .500 record from the time Hamilton injured himself until the time he comes back, that would be overcoming a huge obstacle and propel them to the top of the division.

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