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One week ago, Hank Blalock was expected to be activated from the disabled list and take over at first base, with Chris Shelton being let go.

Today, Blalock still isn't ready to be activated, or even go on a rehab assignment.  In fact, the Rangers are now discussing the possibility of surgery.  This obviously is a fluid situation, but with Blalock not showing any improvement, it sounds like it could be a while before he's ready to come back.

Richard Durrett talks about the positives of having your AA affiliate in the same metropolitan area as your major league club.

Tim Cowlishaw loves him some Josh Hamilton.

Jeff Wilson has a mailbag up, addressing the first base situation going forward with the Rangers and the Rangers minor league pitching depth.

T.R. Sullivan's Friday blogginess has some Nolan Ryan quotes about minor league pitchers throwing more, and then this little draft snippet:

Right now MLB.Com's Jonathan Mayo has the Rangers taking TCU reliever Andrew Cashner with the 11th overall pick in the draft. Don't bet against Mayo. Somebody else did the last two years and is down two lunches.

Ugh.  Cashner at #11 would appear to be a pretty big reach.

Anthony Andro talks about Ramon Vazquez's hot May.

Randy Galloway talks about Nolan Ryan and the poor attendance at TBIA so far this season, and wants to make sure everyone knows how the chain of command runs with the Rangers:

Hicks has admitted Nolan was very close to firing manager Ron Washington four weeks ago, and despite what you might have read, that is strictly Ryan's call and has nothing to do with Jon Daniels, the general manager.