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.