Not a whole lot out there after yesterday's rainout, but there's a few Rangers related items worth noting. The Metroplex dodged several more bullets, with tornadic storms rolling through Tarrant County twice throughout the day, but there was no significant damage. I talked to John Vittas last night as the tornado sirens went off in his community of Bedford, but he lived...I think.
As previously mentioned, the rainout has allowed the Rangers to push Brandon McCarthy back in the rotation; he'll make his next start on Sunday in Toronto. Evan Grant has some interesting notes on Brandon this morning: pitching coach Mark Connor believes he's having mechanical issues which are limiting his fastball to 88-90 MPH, rather than the 91-93 MPH that the Rangers expect.
The additional time off will give McCarthy an extra bullpen session to try and get his delivery back in sync. If everything goes as planned, the adjustments will allow him to maximize his 6'7" height better and help him release the ball several inches closer to the plate, which will hopefully add several MPH to his velocity.
Brad Wilkerson is not expected to play today against left-hander C.C. Sabathia, with Matt Kata and Jerry Hairston Jr. getting the starts in left and center field, respectively. Our friend Adam Morris of Lone Star Ball has an interesting rant on this lineup construction by Ron Washington, which I tend to agree with. To be fair, though, Kata is hitting .294/.333/.647 and Hairston's got a .381 OBP. Yes, incredibly small sample sizes (only 17 at-bats), but I don't have too much of an issue with Ron playing the hot hand, so to speak.
If and when they both cool down, though, Washington had better be prepared to bench them. And I'm not a big fan of Wilkerson sitting against Sabathia, since it's well documented that Wilkerson can hit left-handed pitching pretty well (career split of .268/.370/.447 against them), but whatever.
Catching prospect Taylor Teagarden has been sent to the disabled list with elbow soreness - the same elbow that he had Tommy John surgery performed on in November 2005. The 23-year-old had been hitting 324/.511/.588 with 2 HR and 9 RBI in 34 at-bats at high-A Bakersfield.
Edinson Volquez, who was demoted to Bakersfield earlier this spring, was ejected from his start during the fifth inning on Monday for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. He ended up allowing three runs on just one hit, but with five walks. The right-hander is now 0-1 with an 8.05 ERA and a 20/14 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. Not good at all.
And finally, here's an amusing anecdote from Evan Grant on his experience in the TSA security line at DFW International Airport this morning. Not to spoil the story, but it involves an idiot with a hand grenade.
Wednesday, April 25th Game Preview
Texas Rangers (8-11) at Cleveland Indians (10-7)
Vicente Padilla (0-3, 6.00 ERA) vs. C.C. Sabathia (3-0, 2.25 ERA)
6:05 PM CST in Cleveland, Ohio (Jacobs Field)
TV: FSNSW | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM