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06/04/2014

Colby Lewis deals the truth about guys returning from the DL

ARLINGTON, Texas - Not that this is possible, but the Texas Rangers added to the disabled list on Wednesday with the addition of reliever Alexi Ogando. He has an ouchy elbow.

The Rangers now have 453 players on the DL. Actually, the figure is 13 but 453 feels right.

I asked Rangers manager Ron Washington, in all of years of baseball, he has ever been with a team so beset with injuries.

Alexi+Ogando+Texas+Rangers+v+Detroit+Tigers+xoJWkGBgxCKl"Never. Never. Nothing close," he said. "It's been a weird year for us with injuries."

Weird is a nice word.

Despite the injuries, the Rangers are still sniffing one of those additional playoff spots. The optimist thinks, when the injured guys get back, all will be better and they can make a run at the playoffs.

It's one thing to be optimistic, it's quite another to be stupid. 

"You can't do that. I've been in that role," Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis told me. "I was hoping to come back last year and it didn't work out. You can't count on injured guys. You don't know where they will be (when they return) and how healthy they will be. Do we want them back? Sure. More the merrier. But we can't count on that because they aren't here."

The hope (plan?) has been to pin a lot of hope on the return of starting pitcher Derek Holland when he comes back from the microfracture on his knee. Think All-Star break.

"We can't say, '(catcher) Geovany Soto or Holland - he's a savior,'" Lewis said. "We have to win with what we have here. We have to adapt to what we have. But I have never been a part of a team that has had this many injuries."

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Rob Tentoy

Oh look... there goes Mitch Moreland.

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