Texas Rangers: Three Strikes and You're the Outfield
The Texas Rangers' outfield had their third trip to the DL Saturday, as Julio Borbon held the lucky ticket. That makes the trifecta complete. All three opening day starting outfielders are currently on the DL.
First came Josh Hamilton on the infamous slide in Detroit April 12.
Next was Nelson Cruz on May 3. Cruz left the game with "tightness in his quad."
Borbon left the game Friday due to a "pull in his hamstring."
The Rangers still won the game 4-1, but losing your best defensive outfielder will take a toll on the workload of the bench.
Craig Gentry was recently called up to replace Cruz. The Rangers called up Endy Chavez from AAA Round Rock (Tex). Chavez is 33 and has nine years of big league experience. He is a career .270 hitter who had to miss part of the 2009 season due to a torn ACL after a violent collision with Yuniesky Betancourt.
He signed with the Rangers for the 2010 season, and started in AA Frisco. He posted a .545 batting average in 32 games and was quickly promoted to AAA Oklahoma City (currently Round Rock), but sustained an injury yet again.
For the 2011 season he is back, healthy, and like Brett Tomko, ready to play for a major league club again. The opportunity came when Borbon was placed on the DL.
This begs the question: Would highly touted prospect Engel Beltre have been called up if it weren't for his trashcan throwing fiasco?
Beltre is ranked as the best outfielder in the farm system, and fifth best overall prospect for the Rangers. According to BaseballAmerica.com, he has the best outfield arm and is the best overall defensive outfielder for the Rangers.
From the San Antonio Express News:
The suspension likely will be for 10 days, but a definitive ruling is scheduled to be announced today, a spokesman for the league said.
Beltre was identified as the player who tossed the trash can into the stands moments after the RoughRiders' 7-6 loss to the Missions.
The Texas Rangers, Frisco's major-league parent club, also disciplined the outfielder, placing him on the temporarily inactive list and optioning him to the team's extended spring training site in Arizona."
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Frisco-player-suspended-as-a-result-of-melee-1355970.php#ixzz1MNXILuJc
It's sad to see that high emotions cost a great young athlete a chance at making the big club. There was a good chance he could have been called up after Borbon's injury. For his sake, i hope he learns from this situation.
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