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Joe Ortiz breaks foot, Chaz Roe clears waivers

Ranger reliever Joe Ortiz has suffered a broken foot that will sideline him for three months, and Chaz Roe has cleared waivers


Two piece of news involving Texas Rangers pitchers...

Lefthanded reliever Joe Ortiz has, according to the beat guys on Twitter, suffered a broken foot after being hit by a motorcycle in Venezuela.  He has had surgery, and will be out for about three months, which eliminates him from consideration for the Opening Day roster.

Ortiz was not likely to be in the major league pen to start the season, with Neal Cotts in place, Robbie Ross likely to stay in the bullpen, and Michael Kirkman out of options, but we said that  he wasn't likely to make the team last year, too, and he made the team anyway.  This reduces the amount of bullpen depth the Rangers will have in April, though if Ortiz comes back healthy, this shouldn't be an issue long-term.

Secondly, Chaz Roe has cleared waivers, and now has the option of deciding whether to take an outright assignment or elect free agency.  Basically, Roe will have the chance to see if there's a better deal out there for him with another team, and if not, he can stay with the Rangers for now.