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June 17, 2005

Astacio DFA'ed

Texas designated pitcher PEDRO ASTACIO for assignment, added pitcher JASON STANDRIDGE to the 40-man roster and recalled Standridge from AAA.

After surviving the first two months of the season with their original five starters, the Rangers have dismissed two of them in two weeks. Astacio provided three excellent starts to begin the season, then allowed 13 homers in only 43 innings. Astacio did receive less run support than any other starter (3.8 per game).

Standridge could have walked had Texas not called him up, but I can’t fathom other teams having great interest in a guy with a 4.50 ERA and over four walks per nine innings.in AAA. For the moment, C.J. Wilson, who had a 6.99 ERA in AA, will take Astacio’s rotation spot. I assume that Texas will keep John Wasdin rested and ready to pitch several innings when Wilson starts.

Texas signed three agents of significance from other teams over the winter: Astacio, Greg Colbrunn and Richard Hidalgo. (Mark DeRosa and Sandy Alomar were and are not expected to be more than bench players.) Hidalgo is batting .227/.307/.454 and occasionally sits in favor of Gary Matthews. Colbrunn, to the surprise of absolutely no one, has suffered multiple injuries and probably will never swing a bat in Arlington. Now Astacio is gone.

Posted by Lucas at June 17, 2005 04:23 PM