Josh Hamilton has a .954 OPS in 10 games with the Rangers. The problem is he’s only played in 10 games.
Hamilton had to be placed on the disabled list on May 31 — just a week after rejoining Texas — because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and now he’s probably headed back there with a groin problem.
“This is a guy we’d like to have for an extended period of time,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday night. “I’m trying my best to figure this whole thing out with him and what is best for Josh.”
Texas lost 13-0 to the visiting Angels on July 4, dropping to 6 1/2 games back of the Astros in the American League West standings.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez (21) leaves the mound after being taken out of the game in the ninth inning during the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
ARLINGTON – A day after being hit hard for the second time in three starts, rookie RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez was sent to Triple-A Round Rock, at least for the remainder of the first half.
Gonzalez did not make it out of the second inning on Friday, allowing five hits and six runs in 1.2 innings. After compiling a 0.90 ERA in his first four starts, Gonzalez allowed 17 hits and 15 runs over 13.1 innings of his next three starts.
The Rangers recalled RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Round Rock, but he will not go into the rotation. He will pitch out of the bullpen as a long reliever.
The Rangers rotation for the week leading up to the All-Star break now shapes up in a way that will likely take Yovani Gallardo out of any realistic All-Star Game consideration. Gallardo, who has pitched 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings, will pitch on Tuesday against Arizona on the normal four days of rest. He will then pitch again on Sunday against San Diego. It would be difficult for him to rebound well enough to pitch an inning in the All-Star game two days later.
Matt Harrison, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since May, 2014, will start on Wednesday. After an off day on Thursday, the Rangers are tentatively scheduled to go with Wandy Rodriguez (Friday), Colby Lewis (Saturday) and Gallardo (Sunday) to wrap up the first half.
For the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Mavericks are proud owners of a “big fish.”
A really big fish.
Center DeAndre Jordan, who stood alongside LaMarcus Aldridge as the best realistically available free agents in the NBA this summer, has agreed to join the Mavericks, Maverick sources said Friday afternoon. Terms were not readily available, but it’s been widely reported that the Mavericks will pay Jordan the maximum allowed under the salary cap, which would be worth about $81-million over four years. It is believed Jordan will have an option to terminate the contract after three seasons.
The 6-11 Jordan, 26, instantly becomes a cornerstone to the Mavericks’ current team and their future.
He led the league in rebounding the last two seasons and in field-goal percentage the last three seasons. He’s also a notoriously bad free-throw shooter, but considered one of the best interior defenders in the game.
Last season, he averaged 11.5 points and 15 rebounds.
Jordan’s decision came down to the Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom he played the first seven years of his career after being selected in the second round (35 overall) in the 2008 draft.
Jordan and other free agents cannot begin officially signing contracts until July 9.
His agreement follows on the heels of the Mavericks getting a commitment from shooting guard Wesley Matthews, one of the league’s best 3-point shooters although he is coming off a serious Achilles injury.
Josh Hamilton came off the disabled list and rejoined the Rangers just in time to play his old team this weekend, but the former MVP doesn’t think facing the Angels three months after they ate most of his contract to make him go away is a big deal.
Here’s what Hamilton told Scott Boeck of USA Today about the three-game series in Texas that starts tonight:
I don’t do anything more different than I usually do before the game. Maybe the focus is a little more there. But nothing to get back at a team for any reason, just like when I left (Texas). When I came back, I was like just treat it like any old road game. I’m going to treat this like any other home game. It will be good to see the guys. All or most of them were behind me when we met in Houston and had lunch. Everybody was cool.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has a much different view of the situation, saying earlier this week that he hopes Hamilton “will take an opportunity to thank the teammates that supported him and to reach out to (Angels owner) Arte (Moreno) and let Arte know that maybe some of the things he did weren’t what he signed up to do.”
Then, when pressed further, Scioscia said: “We’ll leave it at that.”
Hamilton’s drug and alcohol problems are well-documented, but Scioscia’s quotes when combined with the Angels doing everything they could to make sure Hamilton never played for them again following his relapse are, at the very least, not a good look for anyone involved.
Meanwhile, according to Hamilton he’s “tried many times” to get in touch with Moreno and the Angels owner refuses to meet with him. So maybe next time Scioscia should go public with his thoughts on how Moreno ought to be handling the situation instead.
Rolando McClain of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
McClain will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Monday, October 5 following the team’s October 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.
McClain is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
The theft of the tickets mildly amused Beltre, who said “I’d like to see them show up there.” By the same token, I’d like to see someone try to fence an AL championship ring that is quite obviously Adrian Beltre’s. But whoever said crooks were smart? Stick to taking TVs and stuff, you guys. They’re way lighter than they used to be.
Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram shares the surprising news …
Adrian Beltre activated from 15-day disabled list. RHP Jon Edwards optioned to Round Rock. #Rangers
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 23, 2015
A report from late last week stated that Beltre, who landed on the disabled list June 2 with a sprained left thumb, was still unable to swing a bat. But he’s clearly made swift progress over the last couple of days.
Another mild surprise is that Joey Gallo wasn’t sent back to the minor leagues. Rangers management has clearly changed its mind on the readiness of the 21-year-old top third base prospect, who has tallied five home runs and 10 RBI through his first 18 major league games. Gallo is starting in left field and batting second for Texas on Tuesday night against the Athletics. Beltre will start at third base and hit cleanup.