While the Bullpen Further Implodes and the Losses Mount, There is Good Texas Rangers News
Suddenly the laziness is compounded by the losing.
Last night the beleaguered bullpen -- this time it was Pedro Strop, with an assist from Darren Oliver -- blew two more leads in another loss, this time 4-3 to the Mariners in Seattle.
Since a 9-1 start the Rangers are 7-13.
And Nelson Cruz -- whose record four homers in Texas' first four games seems like years ago -- is not hitting (.219) and left last night's game with a tight quad.
Help, however, is on the way: The Rangers' best hitter and best pitcher are closer than we think to returning from injuries.
If all goes well in tonight's rehab stint in Frisco, All-Star closer Neftali Feliz will be back in Arlington when the Yankees come to town Friday.
And, whaddya know, Josh Hamilton's recovery from his broken arm is at least a week ahead of schedule. Hamilton, expected to miss 6-8 weeks, wasn't supposed to swing a bat for a month. But today -- just three weeks in -- he's scheduled to swing and hit off a tee in Arlington.
The last thing the Rangers need to do is rush Josh back, have him re-injure the shoulder and miss an even longer period of time.
But at this point, we'll take any good news we can get.