Thursday, May 2, 2013
Rangers' rotation, revisited
By Jason A. Churchill
Last month I took a glance at the Texas Rangers' starting rotation, the injury situations surrounding Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez and how long the rookies, Justin Grimm and Nick Tepesch, may remain. After the news broke Wednesday that Harrison needed another surgery and may miss another three months, it's time to reassess.
Assuming Lewis' return is not impeded by a setback, he could be back with the team later this month, judging by the statements made by GM Jon Daniels earlier this week. Perez is also nearing a rehab assignment, having thrown three innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday.
If all goes well, the Rangers should be fine, even without Harrison for the year, if that ends up being the case. The club may be more apt to seek rotation help at the deadline, however, but that may depend on how well the two rookies, the lefty Perez, and Lewis perform through most of July.
Among the arms that could be available this summer include Phillies left-hander and former Rangers hired gun Cliff Lee, Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, Astros right-hander Bud Norris, Cubs righty Matt Garza and Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez.