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OTOGH: To Catch a Catcher.

Welcome back to another edition of On Top of Greene’s Hill, As I metaphorically look down at the Rangers, some upsetting news to say the least has occurred in the opening week.

NomarMazarahomer(2)The Rangers have a severe problem when it comes to injuries and while injuries are a part of the game, Ranger fans can tell you we are truly sick and tired of our key starters getting hurt. Shin-Soo Choo, in a already dicey outfield situation (an inexperienced Ian Desmond, an injured Josh Hamilton, and lack of depth in outfield positions) is out for 4 to 6 weeks with a Grade 2 strained calf muscle, which he got by working out on some wet grass before the game. A quick call to the minor brought up 20 yr old Normar Mazarza, who is making his presence known. Going 3 for 4 and having a home run in his major league debut all of 16 days before his 21 birthday. His actions spoke louder than anything and ESPN made comparisons to Mazarza from another famous Normar, Garciaparra;

Alright Rangers no more outfielders can get hurt. As if the outfield was our only problem.

Rangers’ catcher Robinson Chirinos is out for 10 to 12 weeks with a broken forearm, an injury he got during the third game of the Angel series, Chirinos was hit by a pitch and left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
During a recent trade the Rangers got from the Tigers, Hometown product Bryan Holaday

Dallas born Bryan Holaday shakes hand with Shawn Tolleson after a win.

He has not had very much experience in the starter role, but for right now he is all the Rangers have, backup catcher Chris Gimenez has had some setbacks in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his ankle and while on the 15 day disabled list look for that to change in the near future. There is also talk of trade. This was talk that started this spring but may have merit again, but I don’t like the terms and I am not really sure if it is something that would actually happened, the rumors are the the Rangers and the Padres could be in talks for Catcher Derek Norris, but if this were to happen it would mean the Rangers giving up a lot in the way of Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo, and that price may be too high. This is a developing situation that I will keep my eye on.

AJGriffinNow let’s pitch a fit about Ranger pitching. Cole Hamels, Taking the opening day starter position, Hamels shined in the Rangers first win, and he continues to be the horse the Rangers so desperately needed bringing in 2 wins a 2.08 E.R.A and 12 K with 13 innings of work. Derek Holland who has struggled coming back after two years with different injuries, had a shaky spring training and in his outing against the Angels only went 5 innings with a 5.04 E.R.A and 5 K. Rangers are hopeful as the season goes on that Holland will come back to his original form. Martin Perez, gets a no decision on April 6 he only gave up two runs and and 3 K’s in six innings of work. He took the loss against the Angels on April 10th. he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 6 and 1/3 innings of work. His current E.R.A is 3.65. Colby Lewis with a 4.50 E.R.A. struggled in his debut taking a no decision and giving up two home runs along with 4 additional hits in 6 innings of work and 4 K. Newest pitcher the 5th man, AJ Griffin, he got a win, but still has a high E.R.A of 4.50 and only 1K in 6 innings of work however this is a moral victory as he has not had a win since 2013. Could this be the start of something? Only time will tell.

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