The shakeups continue in Texas as the Rangers two opening day catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and my 2008 favorite RedHawk Taylor Teagarden were optioned to OKC today and Max Ramirez was recalled.
Today's other move was Craig Gentry being recalled to the Rangers after Nelson Cruz landed on the DL. Not a surprise since Craig was spotted leaving this morning's game with his bag in hand. Yesterday saw Brandon McCarthy hit the DL though he is (allegedly) only going to miss 1 start.
Totally confused yet? Let's see if we can't make some sense out of this. It was inevitable that Taylor was going to be sent down, given he only had 1 hit all season. The timing puzzled me (the RedHawks played a day game today and Max started) but with Nelson on the DL, the Rangers needed a right handed power bat off the bench.
The Salty move was more puzzling to me, but apparently the Rangers did that because they didn't want him to think about when he would be called up. A player who has been optioned can't be recalled for 10 days unless he is called up to replace another player who went on the DL. I guess they figure this will let Salty to concentrate on playing and not worry about the rest of it.
Who would have thought that Taylor and Chris would be RedHawks teammates again? I am actually now looking forward to going to a game though! See at Thursday at the park!