Buzz: Rangers' rotation gaining depth

July, 23, 2013
7/23/13
7:07
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have traded for Matt Garza.

Colby Lewis has made two rehab starts.

Matt Harrison will throw live batting practice Wednesday.

Manager Ron Washington said earlier in the season the cavalry would arrive at some point this season. Well, it's coming.

And while the Rangers aren't there yet, Garza's addition gives them one of the best five-man rotations in the American League, even without starters like Lewis and Harrison who have pitched in big games for the club in the postseason.

"The tide has turned in a sense that we’re getting these arms back," Washington said. "We get these arms back, now they just go to go out there and perform."

Washington then crossed his fingers, knowing that Alexi Ogando has been on the disabled list twice this year and is just coming off Tuesday to face the Yankees after a six week layoff. Darvish also came off the DL for Monday's 3-0 win -- pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings -- though his stint was for precautionary reasons.

"If we can keep them all healthy going down the stretch here, I think we’re going to be OK," Washington said. "In the meantime, we kept things in a position where we can be in the running if we can continue to play the way we can pitch and stay healthy."

Harrison visited his back specialist Tuesday and was given clearance to go full tilt throwing batting practice Wednesday. Harrison will throw 60 pitches, 30 of them warmup pitches.

"I've been going at about 75 to 80 percent," Harrison said. "Now I can let it go."

Lewis threw 56 pitches Monday night in a start for Double-A Frisco and allowed three runs on five hits in three innings and 56 pitches. Lewis said his command was much better and he rarely missed his location. He didn't ask about his velocity, but felt like it was there.

"Just grinding out there, getting out there trying to get innings in and get my pitch count up." Lewis said. "I'm going out there and making sure it’s better each time. I don’t want to take any steps back."

Lewis will make his next rehab start Saturday or Sunday for Frisco or Triple-A Round Rock.

Thi nbullpen: The Rangers are down to a seven-man bullpen after Cory Burns and Joseph Ortiz were sent to Triple-A Round Rock so Alexi Ogando could be activated for Tuesday's start and so Garza could be added to the 25-man roster.

The bullpen is fresh and is on a great streak with seven straight games without allowing a run, a stretch of 22 1/3 scoreless innings. Rangers relievers have combined for a 2.94 ERA, the best mark in the American League.

The Rangers' longest streak in terms of games without the bullpen allowing a run is nine in 2008.

Kinsler honored: Second baseman Ian Kinsler was honored in a ceremony before the game for becoming the Rangers' all-time steals leader.

Kinsler swiped bag No. 162 on July 13, breaking Bump Wills' record. Wills and Washington presented the record-setting base to Kinsler.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182