Monday, July 15, 2013
Nelson Cruz and Joe Nathan are heading to New York to play in the All-Star game. Yu Darvish is tagging along but he won't play since he's on the Disabled List. Derek Holland may get a last minute nod as well.
The rest of the team will be taking a much needed rest. After struggling recently, Texas is headed into the break two games behind Oakland in the American League West. That's not entirely surprising but still not good news. Hopefully a few days off will mitigate some of the aches and pains and help the team get back into contention form. There might also be re-enforcements on the way.
Darvish should be back shortly after the break with no rehab needed. It's a short stint for him with a mild muscle strain. Jeff Baker also looks to be on target to be back coming off the break. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off and give the offense a much-needed lift. Craig Gentry is scheduled for a post-break return from his hand break. He will probably need a rehab assignment. Lance Berkman, and Nick Tepesch will be eligible to come off the DL early next week.
Colby Lewis is throwing batting practices. That's good news and may signal a late July return. Also looking at a late July return is Alexi Ogando. Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz are slated for August. If all four can come in looking good it will be like having a whole new rotation down the stretch.
Joakim Soria has only made three appearances since his return from the DL but seems to be doing well. Would be nice if that continues after the break.
Lot of injuries. The key now for Texas is to keep the current players healthy and have these near-future returns come back strong and in form. If that happens overtaking Oakland is a real possibility.