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September 13, 2004


SEPTEMBER 13: Activated pitcher JUAN DOMINGUEZ from the 60-day Disabled List. Placed 3B/DH HERBERT PERRY on the 60-day Disabled List. Recalled 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ from AAA Oklahoma.

Was Perry hurt? Perry is always hurt, even if in the lineup. In 2002, Perry's performed an admirable rescue mission as the everyday third baseman (.276/.333/.480) after Hank Blalock proved not ready for prime time. The winter after his career season at age 32, GM John Hart threw two years and $3.5 million at him. That decision seemed quite obviously a reward for his 2002 season rather than an expectation of future performance, and unfortunately, Perry immediately became crippled with shoulder and knee injuries that limited him to all of 24 at-bats in 2003. This season, Perry began the year as the DH against lefties, but more injuries and solid play from Eric Young prevented him from fulfilling even that limited role. He won't be a Ranger in 2005, and his age and perpetual stream of injuries will leave him hard-pressed to make any squad. It's no fun to talk that way about a guy thirteen months younger than me, but there it is.

Dominguez takes a rotation slot from Chris Young, who will be shut down to rest his tiring arm. Gonzalez joins the team after Oklahoma's elimination from the PCL playoffs. His presence is surprisingly important. Texas doesn't have a decent lefty pinch-hitter; Andy Fox, of all people, pinch hit against Pedro Martinez nine games ago.

Posted by Lucas at September 13, 2004 03:44 PM