Saturday, April 19, 2014
Jim Adduci (finger) latest to go on DL
By Randy Jennings
Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The number of Rangers on the disabled list swelled to 10 with the addition of Jim Adduci on Saturday.
The outfielder suffered a broken little finger on his left hand sliding into second base in the third inning of a 12-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night and is expected to be out for four weeks.
The Rangers led 2-0 at the time when Adduci tagged at first base and advanced on Donnie Murphy’s deep fly to center field. A good throw from Sox center fielder Adam Eaton made it a close play, forcing a head-first slide by Adduci.
Adduci remained in the game and contributed two more hits including a double, raising his batting average to .462.
But when he awoke Saturday morning, Adduci had a swollen finger. Manager Ron Washington, demonstrating he hasn’t lost his sense of humor among all the mishaps, suggested Adduci "might have broken it in his sleep."
That the Rangers have managed to win 10 of 17 games so far without key personnel is a reflection on the entire organization, Washington said. While the team can’t control injuries, "we control our attitude, and things are working out well," he said
Had Washington known before the season that he could field a team with the number of players currently on the disabled list, he said he would have been "taken aback."
Adduci’s spot on the 25-man roster will be filled by 20-year-old switch-hitting infielder Luis Sardinas, who was promoted Saturday from Double-A Frisco. Sardinas, signed as a non-drafted signee in 2009, was hitting .238 with the RoughRiders.
Players on the disabled list don’t surrender their lockers in the Rangers clubhouse. And new additions, like Sardinas, are making lockers scarce.
"We’re down to only a couple of vacant lockers on the corners," said Rangers equipment and home clubhouse manager Richard "Hoggy" Price. “We usually don‘t see this until September [when the rosters expand]. But if they bring 'em up, we will find a place for them."
Help for Figueroa: Washington sees Friday’s addition of left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda as a move to take some of the load off middle-inning lefty Pedro Figueroa. Last week, Figueroa pitched in four games over a six-day stretch.
Figueroa became the 20th major league pitcher since 1914 to earn his first two wins on consecutive days. The Rangers' Robbie Ross Jr. was the last to do it in 2012.
Picking 'em up: Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is eligible to come off the disabled list in six days, was out taking ground balls a few hours before tonight’s 7:05 start at Globe Life Park.
Slow to praise: If Washington is conservative with his praise of center fielder Leonys Martin, there is a reason. "I just want him to keep playing. I don’t want him reading about how good he is."
Martin was a double away from hitting for the cycle Friday. His three hits raised his average to .315.