Buzz: Martin, Gentry best options if no Cruz
June, 5, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
BOSTON -- The Rangers' immediate alternative if they lose right fielder Nelson Cruz for an extended period would likely come from in house and involve another outfielder on the roster.
|Randy Galloway says that it's in Nelson Cruz's best interest to waive his appeal and start serving any possible suspension as soon as it comes down.
They would do that if Cruz were to get hurt and be out for an extended period of time, said manager Ron Washington, who didn't address the ESPN "Outside the Lines" report that came out Tuesday night.
"You would see Craig and Martin out there," Washington said. "We'd go down to Triple-A and bring up an outfielder from there."
The ESPN "Outside the Lines" report said that Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players, including Cruz, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, who are connected to the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America Clinic.
"I don't have any comment on that right now until we find out what's going on," Washington said.
Washington and general manager Jon Daniels met with Cruz during spring training and told him not to let the PED story impact his play. "We've already been through that," Washington said.
Any other ideas on replacing Cruz haven't been discussed, and it would be a group decision among management if he were to be miss time, Washington said.
Mitch Moreland, who has played some outfield, likely will not play right field, even though Lance Berkman and Jeff Baker could handle first base if needed.
"The last time we tried that with Mitch it effected his legs," Washington said. "To play outfield you have to move all the time."
Ortiz to Round Rock: Left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz was the odd man out with the Rangers forced to make a roster move to activate Alexi Ogando for his Wednesday start against the Red Sox.
Ortiz, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, has allowed seven earned runs and 12 hits in his last four appearances. The 5-foot-7 lefty allowed three home runs in Tuesday's 17-5 loss to Boston and has allowed at least one run in his last four outings.
"He's just been getting the ball up in the zone," Washington said.
Ortiz had only pitched in three games in the last two weeks. He said through a translator that he may have gotten rusty and also lost some confidence.
"I was more aggressive earlier in the season," Ortiz said. "In spring training I was able to pitch every day. Now I pitch and so many days off. I have to work on the mental side."
Wolf stays around: Right-hander Ross Wolf stayed with the team as the long reliever, and after not pitching in the big leagues since 2010, he's well aware anything can happen with the roster.
"You have no control over it," said Wolf, who allowed two runs Tuesday night. "I have to go out there and do it."
More on Murphy pitching: David Murphy said Tuesday's one-inning appearance of mop-up duty in the eighth inning -- a scoreless eighth -- was the first time he had pitched since his senior year at Klein high School.
Murphy, a first-round pick by Boston in 2003, thought he would pitch at Baylor, but didn't ever throw a pitch for the Bears.
Murphy threw four knuckleballs in his four-batter appearance Tuesday. He started learning the pitch when he was 10 years old.
Kinsler update: Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is on the disabled list with a fractured rib, didn't come on the road trip and hasn't begun swinging a bat yet. But his mobility has improved and Kinsler did say Sunday that the injury is improving.
"He's not having any issue where he can't rotate like he did when he tried to do something," Washington said.
Olt goes deep again: Triple-A Round Rock infielder Mike Olt hit a home run and walked in the Express' 6-2 victory over Nashville on Tuesday. Olt has two home runs -- one in Frisco and one in Round Rock -- since returning from a month being out with vision issues.