Texas Rangers injury news: Willie Calhoun has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained quad that he suffered in Tuesday night’s game while Delino DeShields has been recalled from Nashville to provide some depth at center field.
We knew something had to give for the Rangers’ bursting lineup. Once Elvis Andrus went down with a hamstring strain over a week ago, and Willie was finally freed from Nashville, the debate became about how the Rangers were going to keep everyone up, in the lineup, and happy.
Would it be time to send Nomar Mazara down and make him earn a spot back in the big leagues? Would the Rangers attempt to reboot Rougned Odor for a big second half with a Triple-A stint again? Would Texas actually cut bait with Hunter Pence, Logan Forsythe, or Danny Santana, a trio of veterans who have been among the most productive in the lineup?
Nah. Of course, as it turns out, baseball sort of self-corrects itself and the most Ranger-luck option was the guy hitting .435 with a 1.197 OPS in his breakout audition is the one who takes the fall for now.
Now when Elvis is ready to come back, the Rangers will likely just send DeShields back down and everything will be as it was, except Willie’s injury is bad on several fronts as all it really does is kick a major decision down the road to be made later.
Plus, you know, Willie was raking and now the Rangers don’t have that option for the big league team for awhile.