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The Rangers hung out at their houses with their families. The Rangers barbecued a little. The Rangers had a couple of drinks. The Rangers relaxed in their favorite chairs. The Rangers gained a half game in the standings thanks to the Mariners beating the Angels in Seattle last night.
T.R. Sullivan updates the situation facing the Rangers now that Nelson Cruz will miss around three weeks. He also touches on the Lance Berkman rumors by saying club sources don't think it will happen.
Richard Durrett reports that the Rangers will call up Leonys Martin from Triple-A to replace Cruz with Cruz likely landing on the disabled list. With rosters expanding in a couple of days, I'm surprised the Rangers are going to put Cruz on the D.L., but I suppose that's one way to get a replacement outfielder up to Arlington.
I don't know exactly what kind of role Martin will take on in the Majors but I can't imagine it will be very expansive. However, going off the quotes from JD, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers had the intention of calling Martin up for a cup of coffee after the rosters expanded anyway.
It looks like we'll be seeing a lot of David Murphy.
Of course, with a valuable member of the Ranger lineup going down, that must mean another one is close to returning. ESPN Dallas has an update on Adrian Beltre's (and Andre Blanco's, for that matter) first rehab start for Round Rock.
Gerry Fraley explores the Berkman option which appears to be the only option outside of the organization at this point.
And, according to FOX Sports Southwest's Jon Machota, C.J. Wilson is on board with the Rangers acquiring Berkman after Wilson and Berkman mended some preseason fences at the All-Star break. Apparently Berkman sent C.J. a note saying he was wrong about the Rangers being average this season.
As slim a chance as it appears, I'd enjoy a couple of months of Berkman as a Texas Ranger.
Sullivan takes a look at the challenges facing the Rangers with a month left in the season as the team enjoyed a much needed breather.
With an off day to ponder everything, Jeff Wilson breaks down the playoff race between the Rangers and Angels.
Louie Horvath writes about the durability of the Rangers' rotation as Scott Feldman will be only the 7th pitcher to start a game for the Rangers this season.
Speaking of, Fraley writes that Feldman's start tonight will likely be one and done with Ron Washington assuming Matt Harrison will be able to rejoin the rotation in Boston rested and ready.
Finally, the DMN has a transcript of Nolan Ryan's appearance on KESN-FM's Galloway and Co. on Monday afternoon where Ryan talked about the starting pitching, Cruz's injury, Beltre's return and the Berkman possibility.