The Rangers got some terrible news on Saturday morning, learning that ace Yu Darvish was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his right elbow, which could ultimately result in Tommy John surgery. Though the Rangers had been linked to the Mets’ Dillon Gee and the Phillies’ Cole Hamels during the off-season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that they’ll look for rotation replacements in-house first.
This means Ross Detwiler, Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Anthony Ranaudo, and Lisalverto Bonilla will all showcase their skills for spots at the back of the Rangers’ rotation this spring. Yovani Gallardo and Colby Lewis, who have each had terrible starts to the spring, appear to be the only locks in the rotation at this point. Derek Holland is dealing with shoulder soreness which has kept him from an intrasquad game and pushed back his scheduled bullpens, so he’ll be a bit behind his rotation mates in terms of spring progress.
If the Rangers were to talk to the Phillies about Hamels, any trade proposal would likely have to include 21-year-old catching prospect Jorge Alfaro.
A year ago the Rangers signed Shin-Soo Choo to to a seven-year $130 million contract. He then missed a chunk of the season due to an ankle injury. Also last year: Rangers’ pitcher Derek Holland missed most of the season following knee surgery. Recently, they had a foot race, because that seems like a good idea for a couple of guys coming off leg problems.
Here’s Holland describing it:
“We just did the 40, just running around, goofing off and I saw him and Chirinos. They always like to go at it with each other. They raced. Chirinos is pretty quick for a catcher, but he didn’t get Choo. Then I was joking around, I say, ‘Hey, let’s go. Let’s go. I want to race. Let’s do this.’ I got out there and I took off. We were side by side for a little bit and then I started pulling away. Choo goes, ‘Man, you’re really fast. I didn’t know you had that.’ I sad, ‘Hey, don’t let this leg fool you. I’m good now. I’m feeling great.’ ”
I’m going to consider this a back-door Best Shape of His Life thing, as this could be construed as subtle propaganda about the health of Choo and Holland. If Prince Fielder officiated the race it’d be a trifecta in that regard.
The Mariners were certainly hoping that Derek Holland — who was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the A’s due to a migraine headache — would feel well enough to pitch in Sunday’s season finale. But no such luck for Seattle.
Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas reports that Nick Martinez, not Holland, will take the mound Sunday afternoon versus the Athletics, who currently hold a one-game lead over the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card slot. Holland still isn’t feeling too hot and the 67-84 Rangers don’t have a legitimate reason to force the issue, so they won’t.
Holland finishes the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 record, 1.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings (five starts). He missed the first several months of the season due to January knee surgery.