Sorry for the sporadic updates the last few days, all of us have been really busy. In the future, we'll try to have some kind of updates every day at the least even when we're really bogged down. Things should be back to normal by tomorrow.
Not a real great Monday for the Metroplex as far as sports go. Despite winning their first two games against Toronto, including a heart attack inducing 9-8 win on Saturday, the Rangers went back to their losing ways on Sunday in a 7-3 loss.
And I don't even want to talk about the Mavericks.
Brandon McCarthy was badly shelled, giving up five runs in only three innings on six hits, four walks, and a hit by pitch. Because Texas's bullpen depth was already badly depleted from the last few games, McCarthy couldn't be lifted immediately, and he was forced to go 86 pitches.
McCarthy will stay in the rotation and make his next start on Friday against the Blue Jays in Arlington. With the kind of investment the Rangers have put into McCarthy, it's a bit too soon to be sending Brandon to AAA. By that same token, though, he has got to get better. His command was awful on Sunday and his velocity wasn't exactly impressive either, as the FSN gun clocked him mostly in the high-80's or right at 90 MPH. Hopefully his struggles aren't a sign of some kind of injury.
Frank Catalanotto felt a "tearing sensation" in his right shoulder in the fifth inning of Sunday's game, and was removed from the game. Cat had arthroscopic surgery in the shoulder in 1997, and it's possible that what he felt was only scar tissue tearing off the old surgical site.
Either way, Frank will have an MRI on Tuesday. If he should require a DL visit, Victor Diaz would be the likely replacement, who's hitting .356/.386/.567 in 90 at-bats for the Redhawks. Don't be surprised if Diaz ends up sticking on the team for the rest of the year - it wasn't so long ago that he was being referred to as "Little Manny."
Closer Eric Gagne will begin a throwing program today in hopes of returning by May 8th, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list. Gagne's reporting no pain from his strained right hip.
Rest in peace Josh Hancock, who tragically died Sunday morning in an automobile accident on I-64 in St. Louis. The 29-year-old right-hander won a World Series ring with the Cardinals last year, putting up a 4.09 ERA in 62 regular season appearances.
Monday, April 30th Game Preview
Texas Rangers (10-14) at Toronto Blue Jays (12-12)
Vicente Padilla (0-3, 5.79 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (3-0, 2.58 ERA)
6:07 PM CST in Toronto, Ontario (Rogers Centre)
TV: FSNSW | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM