Saturday morning Rangers stuff

A big win yesterday, but one that came at a price, with Julio Borbon pulling up with a hamstring injury late in the game.  Borbon is going to have an MRI today, but it sounds like Endy Chavez is already en route to Texas to take Borbon's place on the roster.  Borbon going to the d.l. would mean that the Rangers' entire starting outfield would be on the disabled list.

There are probably some who see this as an upgrade, who think the Rangers should have replaced Borbon with Chavez some time ago.  I'm not in that category.  Chavez is not much of a hitter -- he has a career major league .270/.312/.367 line, good for an OPS+ of 75.  

And this year, in AAA, after a hot April in which he put up an 879 OPS, since May 1 he's posted a .209/.292/.349 line.  There are differing opinions on his glove, but at the very least, I think there's questions about whether he's an asset in centerfield; my guess is that he's a downgrade, defensively, in center from Borbon, and isn't likely to hit any better than Borbon. 

Anthony Andro, in his game story, says that Alexi Ogando turned in a dominant performance last night.

Todd Wills' game story talks about the Borbon injury and Ogando's dominance.

Richard Durrett offers his post-game reactions here.  Evan Grant offers his thoughts here.

Durrett says Ogando's secondary stuff was the key to his success yesterday.

Josh Hamilton took batting practice yesterday for the first time since going on the d.l., and it went well.

Joey Matches has some thoughts on Alexi Ogando's success as a starter this year.

Evan Grant (behind the paywall) says that Ogando is now one of the A.L.'s elite pitchers.

Wills' notes include stuff on Borbon's injury, Nelson Cruz's recuperation, and Scott Feldman going out on a rehab stint starting today. 

The S-T's notes talk about Cruz and Feldman, along with Tommy Hunter's status and Ron Washington's relationship with Harmon Killebrew.

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