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Rangers to retire Michael Young’s number


The Texas Rangers just announced that they will retire Michael Young’s number 10 on Saturday, August 31. He will be the fifth Ranger to have his number retired. The other four are Iván Rodríguez, Johnny Oates, Adirán Beltré and Nolan Ryan.

The honor for Young has long been expected, as the Rangers have not given anyone the number 10 since he left Texas following the 2012 season. Before him it was worn by another notable Ranger, Jim Sundberg. Who, by the way, was pretty dang good himself.

Young played 14 seasons in the majors, the first 13 with the Rangers and last year split between the Phillies and Dodgers. He hit an even .300 with 185 homers and a .787 OPS, made seven All-Star teams, won a batting title in 2005, and played at least 100 games at all four infield positions.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.