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April 13, 2006


Texas placed 2B IAN KINSLER on the 15-day Disabled List.

Ugh. Kinsler’s ill-fated slide will cost him three weeks. He suffered “only? a dislocated thumb and ligament strain; a torn ligament would have given him a three-month vacation. Buck Showalter will give most of the starts to Mark DeRosa over D’Angelo Jimenez even though DeRosa doesn’t hit righties.

Texas activated OF GARY MATTHEWS JR. from the 15-day Disabled List.

Matthews takes Kinsler’s place on the roster and Brad Wilkerson’s at the top of the lineup. Per Showalter:

Comparatively speaking, he’s as good a candidate as we have. He’s a guy you could potentially put there and leave alone.

I couldn’t agree more. After all, Matthews did go one-for-five last night, and the leadoff spot is the ideal location for someone with a career OBP of .327. Likewise, Wilkerson’s career OBP of .365 in 2,700 plate appearances is utterly nullified by his awful week-and-a-half as a Ranger.

Incidentally, I went three-for-three for my softball team last week. Comparatively speaking, I think there’s a pretty good chance I will never make another out. Ever.

Texas activated infielder MARSHALL MCDOUGALL from the 15-day Disabled List and optioned him to AAA Oklahoma.

Even with Kinsler’s injury, Texas doesn’t need poor McDougall.

Posted by Lucas at April 13, 2006 11:33 AM