Young Guns

July 6, 2009 6:52 PM

Davis once again a for Pena!

--Ex-Redhawk and all around good guy Carlos Pena needs our help to get him elected to the All-Star Game!  Go to Vote for him!  For you stat heads, Carlos has been solid offensively for the Rays all season with 23 HRs and 55 RBIs.

--The Rangers pulled the trigger and optioned 1B and personal favorite Chris Davis to OKC last night when they activated Josh Hamilton.  I am still not convinced it was the best move for Chris, as his psyche seemed to be holding up fine despite his lack of offense, but I can understand why they did it.  Barring an injury up in Texas, he will need to be in the minors for at least 10 days.  It will be curious to see how long he stays down.  When Hank Blalock was sent down in May, 2002 he was a Hawk for the rest of the season.  However, the Rangers also were completely out of the playoff race at that point which likely had an impact.  If I were a gambler, I'd say they re-evalute after 2 weeks and if he is hitting better (and the defense is as bad in Texas as everyone is predicting) he likely goes back up.

 --What I am most curious about is the division of labor between Chris and uber prospect Justin Smoak, both of whom are 1B.  My guess is that Justin in at 1B 4-5 games were week with Chris DHing and they switch the other 2-3 games per week.  It also means that any playing time personal favorite Royce Huffman gets is likely to be in LF.  With Brandon Boggs on the DL we only have 2 OFs, Steve Murphy and Greg Golson, so look for Royce and Casey Benjamin to share time in LF.  I also suspect this means Nate Gold will not be activated any time soon as I said yesterday.

--I suspect that Max Ramirez hits the DL to make room for Chris on our roster.  Max has not played for a while with a wrist injury and may need surgery.  That makes Emerson Frostad the backup catcher so I don't see him going anywhere if the Rangers decide not to DL Max.  I suppose it's possible that Jose Vallejo or one of the 3,000,000 pitchers on the roster are sent to Frisco.

--A couple more moves are likely this week.  Dustin Nippert is reportedly going to be activated by the Rangers which result in someone being sent down from Texas.  It sounds like Kris Benson is about to be activated as well which means another roster spot will need to be made for him.

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