Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Club monitoring innings pitched by starters
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are keeping a close eye on the innings pitched by their young starters, but don't have any plans to skip any of them.
They do have some options once rosters expand on September 1 with off days and spot starts to try to keep arms fresh. Scott Feldman could take a start at some point. So could Eric Hurley if the club wants to call him up. They can rework the rotation with the off days, as well, if they choose. But at this point, the Rangers haven't decided on any of that.
"This is the dog days of baseball," manager Ron Washington said. "Every person out there is carrying some kind of burden."
Matt Harrison has pitched 148 innings this season, the most in his professional career since he threw 167 innings in 2005 in Rome when he was in the Braves system (and made 27 starts). Derek Holland has thrown 158 2/3 innings, his career-high by more than 20 innings. And, of course, Alexi Ogando, has pitched 147 1/3 innings this season after pitching just over 70 combined in the majors and minors in 2010. Both C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis pitched more than 200 innings in 2010 and then went through a full postseason. Wilson is at a team-high 181 innings and Lewis is second at 159 2/3 innings.
They all still look strong at this point and the Rangers want to be sure they are strong in the final month of the season and into the postseason.
"We've got some options," Washington said. "We'll see how it goes. We're monitoring, but no decisions have been made."