The Texas Rangers have placed Ronald Guzman on the injured list due to a torn meniscus in his right knee, the team announced today. To take his place on the active roster, the Rangers have purchased the contract of outfielder Adolis Garcia. To make room for Garcia on the 40 man roster, the Rangers have moved pitcher Matt Bush from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list.
A torn meniscus is probably good news for Guzman, all things considered. A torn meniscus isn’t a minor issue, but it isn’t as bad as a torn ACL, which was my immediate fear when he was hurt. Guzman left yesterday’s game in the first inning, having injured his knee while veering away from Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a pop out. The amount of time Guzman will miss depends on whether he will need surgery and if he does, what kind, but in a best case scenario he could potentially be back in a couple of months. Worst case scenario, he might miss most of the season.
Adolis Garcia was on the Rangers’ taxi squad, and after having been waived and outrighted before spring training, he is now back on the 40 man roster. Garcia is a righthanded hitter with power who the Rangers claimed on waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 2020 season. There’s a lot of swing and miss in his game, but he’s a body, and the Rangers need those right now. He could end up getting optioned when Willie Calhoun returns, which could be as early this weekend, or he could stick around under Khris Davis is ready to return.
Matt Bush moving to the 60 day injured list was expected, given he is expected to miss 12 weeks with a strained flexor tendon.