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Playing out the string, and between injuries and just a general malaise that seems to be out there, this team looks ready to go home and be done with 2009...

Jim Reeves writes that the Rangers seem to have forgotten that the season isn't over already, having been shut out for the 13th time this year last night. 

Marlon Byrd says he isn't done for the season, and expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.  Hank Blalock, meanwhile, suffered a "mild concussion," and is going to sit today.

Chris Davis thinks that he will be back in the lineup today, but Ron Washington isn't so sure Davis will be ready to go.

Ron Washington wants a veteran starter, a "consistent" righthanded bat, and a lefty specialist for the bullpen added for 2010.  I'm not sure what he means by a veteran starter...if we are talking about a legit #1 or #2 type guy, sure, but if we are talking about a random back of the rotation guy, I don't see what the point is, given the options available in-house. 

On the other two items, though, I agree...the Rangers could definitely use a righty 4C guy for the bench, and someone who can come in and face a tough lefty or two late in the game.

And Jim Reeves has a column praising the work of Mike Maddux.