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July 16, 2005

Botts Up, Nix Out

Texas placed outfielder LAYNCE NIX on the 15-day Disabled List with a sore shoulder and recalled outfielder JASON BOTTS from AAA Oklahoma.

The 1,375th player taken in the 1999 Amateur Draft joins the Rangers. Botts has batted .296/.387/.550 for Oklahoma, including 17 homers and a 45 BB / 95 SO ratio in 393 plate appearances. That Texas recalled him over Chad Allen would indicate that they intend to give him some playing time, but Adrian Gonzalez once fancied himself a regular, too.. Starting a rookie in the middle of a division race has its downside, but arguably no more so than starting Gary Matthews and Richard Hidalgo every day.

Nix hurt his shoulder diving for a looper on Thursday. He might miss the minimum or close to it.

Posted by Lucas at July 16, 2005 09:33 PM