• Jurickson Profar will miss 10 to 12 weeks with a shoulder tear with some baseball activities beginning in four to six weeks. The Rangers middle infield situation is a mess with Elvis Andrus (sore forearm) also hurt. The Rangers should be making some announcements today as they figure out how they will fill the 2B gap for at least half the season.
Chapman, who had fractures above the left eye and nose after being hit by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday, could begin working out in 10-14 days and may be ready to pitch in game conditions in four to six weeks.
Mike Petriello looked into Chapman’s possible closer replacements the other day.
The club wants to know what’s going on with Feliz when he has outings like he had on Friday against the Brewers, when his velocity was down and his secondary pitches were erratic. The Rangers found out the next day that Feliz was dealing with a “dead body,” and that may have contributed to the lackluster performance.
“I think Feliz’s issue is communication more than anything,” manager Ron Washington said. “We understand the velocity will take some time, but he needs to keep us aware with how he’s feeling. When he has a day like the other day and he has a ‘dead body,’ he needs to communicate with us. Let us know how you feel and what’s going on when we ask you.”
Feliz’s fastball velocity has been down in every way possible. I think the Rangers want him as their closer. If he returns to form, I could see him stepping back into the closer role.
• Staying with the Rangers, Tanner Scheppers wants to stay healthy after converting from a reliever to a starter. I am encouraged he can make the transition because he was able to keep his velocity up over 76 pitchers on the 21st.
His lack of confidence to throw his change may be his downfall though.
• Geovany Soto will miss 10 to 12 weeks with a with a torn meniscus.
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“He’s really frustrated — in his words, he’s devastated,” Black said. “He felt so good coming into December and into January. He felt really good coming to Spring Training. He felt great up until his last outing. Hopefully, it’s nothing more than a strain.”
The injury effects can be seen with the large drop in velocity in his last game.
Morrow’s fastball was clocked between 90-95 mph, sitting mostly at 92 and 93. He felt as though his fastball command improved after his first inning, liked how he threw his curveball and saw room for improvement with the slider and splitter. The most important thing, he said, is that he felt good on the mound.
Last season he averaged 93.3 mph in his 10 games pitched.
Pitchers who just aren’t getting healthy.
Hitters who aren’t getting healthy
Players on or Probably on the DL to Start the 2014 Season
(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
(****) Free Agent
Red colored entries are updates since last report.
Major League Report
Probably on DL
Minor League Report
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