This morning we talked about Roy Oswalt’s displeasure with being a reliever. This afternoon the Rangers basically said “tough.” T.R. Sullivan reports:
Assistant general manager Thad Levine said the club has talked to Oswalt about his desire to start but made it clear to him that he will be used out of the bullpen. Levine declined to say if Oswalt has asked to be traded.
I presume that one of two things happens now: Oswalt shuts up and takes the ball when Ron Washington gives it to him or else he gets DFA’d. The Rangers are in a pennant race. They don’t have time to deal with this kind of garbage.
The Texas Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach.
Rangel has spent 12 seasons a minor league pitching instructor for the Giants and Indians.
Rangel replaces departing pitching coach Doug Brocail. Under Brocail the Rangers ranked 13th in runs allowed per game in the American League.