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Monday morning stuff...

Well, the Rangers are five back of Anaheim heading into the break, and just a couple of games back in the wild card, albeit with a bunch of teams to try to jump over...not a real good spot, but then, better than it looked like they were going to be a week or so ago...

One has to wonder, is Seattle's four game sweep of Anaheim just a bump in the road for the Angels, or the cracks that have been there all along with the Angels starting to show?

The S-T is reporting that Buck says Edison Volquez might replace Kenny Rogers in the rotation, once Rogers starts his suspension. If the appeal isn't heard until late July, and if Volquez stays on the roster the entire time Rogers is gone, then that would get us to mid-August. At that point, the risk of burning an option on Volquez this season by sending him back down is greatly minimized, since if a player is recalled after spending less than twenty days in the minors after being optioned, the optioned is essentially deemed to be rescinded -- it doesn't count towards the three option limit.

In that same column, Kathleen O'Brien calls Volquez being the winner in the Futures Game a "stunning development," because Danks was the winner last year and the Rangers have traditionally had problems developing pitchers. I'd probably term that an interesting coincidence, rather than a stunning development, particularly given that being the winning pitcher in these events merely means having your team take the lead in the half-inning after you pitched.

Meanwhile, the DMN is reporting that Juan Dominguez is heading to AAA, to start and work on his changeup, while Erasmo Ramirez is expected to be called up and take his place. Not sure how I feel about that...Dominguez has really struggled of late, but I still think he's an asset in a setup role. The organization, however, may feel he's more of a necessity in the rotation right now, and could be getting him tuned up to possibly replace Wasdin...

Evan Grant also does a Rangers midseason report today...I plan on having midseason grades up tonight or tomorrow...

Meanwhile, the Toronto Sun says that the Jays had a scout in Texas recently, because the Rangers are interested in reacquiring Frank Catalanotto.

I've long been a Cat fan, but I don't know how excited I'd be about bringing him back at this point. He's struggled with the bat the past two seasons, and he's not an asset defensively at any position. He'd be an upgrade over Richard Hidalgo, I guess, but you then have three guys -- Nix, Dellucci and Cat -- in your OF/DH mix that you aren't going to want to start against lefties.

I guess it depends on the price, but I wouldn't want to give up much of value right now for Cat.