Evan Grant writes about the Rangers seeking to get the best out of Elvis Andrus as he becomes the elder statesman in the desired transition back to contention in the coming years. (Want to feel old? Elvis will go into next season the same age Adrian Beltre was when he signed with Texas.)
Jeff Wilson examines the first impressions made this month by several rookies that the Rangers hope will be there to contribute when they next compete for a spot in the playoffs.
Brock Burke might be having the best month of them all and Levi Weaver profiles Burke’s desire to avoid sleepwalking through his early success.
T.R. Sullivan offers his customary slow news day inbox Q&A where he makes his pick on who the Rangers should pursue this offseason.
Fangraphs’ Dan Szymborski looks at teams having rough seasons — such as the Rangers — and what they can do down the stretch to get the most out of the remainder of the schedule.
Grant’s Rangers Stock Report for the week is high on the influx of young starting pitching — perhaps a franchise first, and low on Rougned Odor — unfortunately, an annual event.
The triumvirate of Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum at MLB Pipeline pick an exciting potential September call-up for each team with Joe Palumbo anticipated in Arlington.
Have a nice day!
Texas Rangers transactions: Hunter Pence has been placed on the 10 day injured list with a lower back strain, the team announced today. To replace Pence on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Pence was sidelined over the weekend against the White Sox, but the hope was that he would be able to return today for the series against the Angels. The placement on the injured list can only be retroactive for three days, so Pence will have to be on the shelf at least until September 3.
Kiner-Falefa was going to be back up when rosters expand, and he will, I would guess, split time at third base with Danny Santana and, occasionally, Logan Forsythe going forward.