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April 23, 2004


APRIL 23: Added OF CHAD ALLEN to the 40-man roster and recalled him from AAA Oklahoma. Sent OF RAMON NIVAR to AAA Oklahoma. Transfered pitcher JEFF ZIMMERMAN from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List.

All moves that should have been made before Opening Day. Letting 24-year-old Nivar rot on the bench (18 plate appearances in 16 games) didn't help him or the team; Texas will let him play every day in AAA where he belongs for now. Letting Chad Allen rot on the bench hurts no one except Chad Allen, whose opinion of these matters isn't relevant. Allen tore up AAA pitching; he won't tear up anything in the bigs but also can''t do any worse than the .433 OPS Nivar proferred. Allen also could play 1B in an emergency. Zimmerman won't return before July, and if Texas has to outright Allen at that time, well, so what.

Posted by Lucas at April 23, 2004 01:24 PM