The Texas Rangers have had the worst day in franchise history twice this month.
On May 14, left-handers Matt Harrison (spinal fusion) and Martin Perez (Tommy John) both learned they would miss the rest of the season, and Harrison may never pitch again. That’s a double-whammy.
On Thursday, the Rangers found out that first baseman Prince Fielder will have surgery to repair a herniated disk and won’t return in 2014. Also, infielder Jurickson Profar will miss at least eight more weeks after aggravating a partially torn muscle in the right shoulder.
To his credit, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is not giving up on the season.
“It’s a challenge, but with every challenge comes opportunity for somebody else to step up and that’s very much the case,” Daniels told reporters. “You’re seeing guys do that, take advantage of that. You’re not going to replace certain guys and then when you’ve got that critical mass of injuries that we have, and it becomes a secondary challenge just to field a healthy, talented club.”
One player to get an opportunity because of injuries is former Blue Springs High School/Mizzou pitcher Nick Tepesch. He is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 11 2/3 innings over two starts.
According to The Associated Press, the Rangers have a major-league most 13 players on the disabled list. They have had 17 DL placements this season, also the most in the majors.
“We’re going to stay positive and stay the course and let this team get going,” Daniels said. “We’ve played well the last few days after a rough couple of weeks. I give credit to (manager Ron Washington) and the guys for going out there and everybody doing their part.”
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“It got to the point where I realized that instead of being patient I was being stubborn. You try real hard to never treat the lineup like a fantasy team. You’ve got to have respect for where guys hit and why.”
| Stats through Friday’s games