But ... how are they going to trade him for Tyler Clippard now? The master plan is falling apart! AHHHHHHHH!
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said surgery is a possibility to "stabilize" outfielder Julio Borbon's left ankle.
"We're still looking at options and may get a second opinion," Daniels said. "But if he does have surgery, we're looking at six to eight weeks."
The ankle is the same one that Borbon fractured while in college at Tennessee, which is why it's more of a concern than just a routine sprain.
In all seriousness, this is a huge bummer on top of a real bummer 18 months for Borbon -- first, he hits so poorly that he loses his major league gig to Endy Chavez and Craig Gentry, and now this. Well, that and he now appears to have been bypassed in the organizational depth chart for good by Leonys Martin, with a lot of buzz being out there that Martin could be of use to the Rangers at the major league level as early as September/October, and win the starting center fielder job outright next spring.
So, Borbon's days were likely numbered to begin with, but he had finally caught some fire at Round Rock (perhaps just enough to give his trade value a bit of extra 'oomph' -- and make no mistake, he is a player with trade value), and had a decent chance to start over with a new ballclub in the final two months of the regular season. Instead, he'll probably spend the better part of August/September rehabbing, possibly get dealt this winter (depending on how worried teams are about the ankle), but possibly end up starting next spring as the long shot to beat out the seeming franchise center fielder that is Leonys.
Much love, Jules.