After beating the Yankees in the ALCS and making their first trip to the World Series in 2010, the Rangers came out of the gate on fire. They started out winning nine of their first 10 games, but the wheels have fallen off as of late.
It seemed as if it was only a matter of time before of few of these names headed to the DL.
Against the Tigers, Josh Hamilton tried to tag-up from third on a pop out in foul territory near third base. Since no one was covering home, Hamilton—with instructions from his third base coach—broke for home and broke a bone in his shoulder sliding head first.
Since that fairly dumb play, Neftali Feliz, the young closer, has joined him on the DL and as of today, so has Nelson Cruz with a quad strain.
The Rangers rotation took a hit after Cliff Lee took his talents to Philly, and injuries have plagued the rest of the staff and bullpen from last year's championship team. Tommy Hunter has yet to pitch this season, and neither have the newly acquired Brandon Webb. The bullpen is missing Darren O'Day as well.
This team, when healthy, can really make some noise, but until they get their stars healthy, the AL West could be up for grabs.