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May 06, 2005

Transaction

Texas designated pitcher MATT RILEY for assignment and recalled pitcher KAMERON LOE from AAA Oklahoma.

Riley allowed runs in five of his seven appearances, and in four of those appearances he allowed at least two runs. Last year, perhaps, Texas might have given him a bit more time to realize his potential. Now, with a bullpen in disarray and the Angels distancing themselves from the pack, the Rangers need results. Riley probably won’t clear waivers; some moribund franchise like Kansas City or Tampa Bay will give him another shot (which he deserves). Even so, discarding Ramon Nivar for him was a worthwhile endeavor.

Loe had a 5.08 ERA in five AAA starts, mainly the result of five homers allowed in just 28 innings. He has fanned 23 batters and walked ten. He’ll join Texas as a long reliever but has a chance to move into a rotation spot if someone gets hurt or Astacio continues his descent into hell.

As an aside, it’s refreshing to note how low John Wasdin appears to be on the depth chart. Nothing against him, but, well, you know. I think Texas would give starts to Loe, Ricardo Rodriguez, Juan Dominguez and possibly even John Hudgins before they allowed Wasdin to pitch in Arlington.

Posted by Lucas at May 6, 2005 05:53 PM