Wow. That's all I can say...wow. Justin Smoak (pictured left) will be starting for the Rangers at 1B on Friday and Chris Davis will be looking for an OKC apartment. Personally I think this move is an overreaction and sucks for Chris Davis who may have seen his major league career with the Texas Rangers end. Barring an injury to Mike Young or Justin Smoak, he is likely in OKC until September. Hopefully he can play really well and drive up some trade interest. John Daniels says that they wouldn't make this move so quickly if it was Chris' first time in the majors, so hopefully Justin gets a little more rope. I don't think you see this move for several weeks if the Rangers weren't sucking so badly right now. But regardless, the Justin Smoak era has begun. I think he is likely to struggle at first, but he is a nice kid and a good player and I wish him the best. I will laugh my butt off if the Rangers continue to spiral though.
This will require a 40-man roster move, though as Jeff pointed out the obvious move is sending Omar Poveda, who is out for the year following Tommy John surgery, to the 60-day DL.
It sounds like Taylor Teagarden may be joining Chris in OKC. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is due to come off the DL on Saturday (ending his rehab with the Hawks) and indications are that Taylor, not Matt Treanor, will be OKC bound.
Derek Holland was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week.
In other news, ex-RedHawk Edinson Volquez was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB substance abuse policy. He said he was taking them because he and his wife are trying to have a baby.
Interesting article about the Rangers policy to have players sit out 3 games for head injuries.
How the heck did CJ Wilson of all people beat my Sox? Poor Clay was tired in the 7th and I suspect if he was taken out earlier, it would have been a different result. 2 of 3 at home is okay though, especially when they are such great come back wins.
I've been a fan of Chad Tracy since I first met him in Clinton back in 2007, but I have to admit his hot start as surprised me. He leads the Hawks in all offensive categories but OBP, where he was second to Justin Smoak.
Some former RedHawks were called up to the majors last week including Kris Benson (AZ), Josh Rupe (KC) and Ron Mahay (Twins). Jose Veras was outrighted to New Orleans. The Mariners placed Wes Littleton on the DL.
10-5 and 2 games up in the division. Not a bad April so far.