The Curse of Nolan Ryan, first thought just to be a little joke, is now an honest-to-God real thing. It's only a matter of time before Harvey Weinstein makes this Rangers' season into a movie.
This disaster is so big the Rangers now qualify for aid from FEMA.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels confirmed that big-time offseason acquisition Prince Fielder is out for the year to have fusion surgery in his neck. The good news is the Rangers only have six more years remaining on his contract, plus the fact he had been a dud so far; he was batting .247 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 150 at bats.
JD also said that second baseman Jurickson Profar reinjured his shoulder during his rehab, and it looks like he is out for the year, too.
Oh, and outfielder Dan Robertson has what sounds like a broken face.
Take a look at the projected starting lineup, and specifically the Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Curse of Nolan Ryan has done to this team.
C: Geovany Soto (leg) 60 day DL. Placed on 3/30.
1B: Prince Fielder (neck). Out for the year.
2B. Jurickson Profar (shoulder). Out for the year.
SS: Elvis Andrus. Healthy, and batting a stout .249.
3B: Adrian Beltre. Has been on DL once, but is playing now.
LF: Shin Soo Choo. Healthy. Batting .310.
CF: Leonys Martin. Healthy. Batting .288.
RF: Alex Rios. Healthy. Batting .304.
DH: Mitch Moreland. Healthy as a horse that can't hit all that well.
And now some of the rest:
OF Dan Robertson. Apparently smashed his face to hell in the Rangers' win at Detroit.
P Joe Saunders. Ankle. 15 day DL. Who cares when he comes back?
2B Donnie Murphy. Neck. 15 day DL. Out 'til late May.
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff. Back. 15 day DL. Out 'til late July.
P Joe Ortiz. Foot. 60 day DL.
P Pedro Figueroa. 60 day DL. Likely out for season.
RF Jim Adduci. Finger. 15 day DL.
All of this happened AFTER Nolan Ryan left. This is no longer a coincidence. This is a baseball nightmare.
On a conference call Thursday afternoon, I asked Rangers GM Jon Daniels if he was surprised by the news that Fielder is gone for the year, and if any sort of contingency plan exists for such a horror show.
"My reaction, unfortunately, I was not surprised," he said.
After all that has happened, how could he be surprised? And, no, there is no Plan B when 14 players are on the disabled list.
What there is, however, is Mitch Moreland bobblehead night ... every night.
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