The Rangers call up Brett Tomko

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Yay! Another baseball player who is older than I am — there aren’t many left! — will play in the bigs this year, as the Rangers have purchased Brett Tomko’s contract from Round Rock. Tomko will pitch middle relief, filling in for Mason Tobin, who hurt his elbow.

Tomko hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September 2009.  He has pitched 11 innings at Round Rock this season, giving up 11 hits, striking out 6, walking 5 and posting an ERA of 6.35.

And no, if he wasn’t an old recognizable name whose very existence as an active ballplayer makes me feel younger, I likely would not have posted about this transaction.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.