Texas Rangers: Jon Daniels

Rebuilding not an option for the Rangers

October, 21, 2014
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Shin-Soo Choo, Prince FielderAP PhotosTexas is counting on Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder to be healthy and make an impact in 2015.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels is pretty direct in his expectations for his club in 2015: Win. Rebuilding isn’t an option.

In four consecutive seasons, the Rangers won at least 90 games. In that span, they also made it to the World Series twice.

In 2012, Josh Hamilton losing that fly ball in the California sun was symbolic of the Rangers' late season swoon.

The next season, a mid-September slump cost the the Rangers first-place and they tried to play catchup, but it was too late.

In 2014, after revamping the roster, injuries decimated the club.

What happens now?

The Rangers have a new manager and changes are likely coming to the starting rotation. They hope injured players, such as Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, recover and play a majority of the games in 2015. Daniels lost Ron Washington as his manager suddenly. He didn’t want to seek a new manager, but when it happened, the GM said there was some excitement in the front office because someone new was joining the team.

“Somebody that can help us and re-establish a winning culture,” Daniels said. “We had a rough year here, but this is a winning organization, a championship organization, and we want somebody that feels that passion for winning and can re-establish that after a rough year.”

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New manager Jeff Banister is a fighter

October, 20, 2014
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Jeff BanisterAP Photo/Tony GutierrezAfter battling health issues for many years, Jeff Banister knows what really matters in life.
New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister has the proper prospective on life. A two-game losing streak won’t get him down too much.

Banister’s life was shaped by growing up in La Marque, Texas, where he spent the majority of his time playing baseball and football and also battling health issues.

Banister lay in bed fighting bone cancer and osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone or bone marrow). Doctors told him paying sports was a remote possibility, but he kept dreaming that he would recover from the surgeries and chemo and be able to get out of bed and play ball.

“I guess my two parents instilled in me that you survive, that you push, that you endure, because the other option is not what I’m looking for,” Banister said. “I will say that my experience, why my passion runs so deep for baseball, there were nights laying in a hospital bed knowing I wasn’t going to get up and I couldn’t leave the room, that one thing I could do is I could dream. I could think about and I could challenge myself that when I got out of the hospital I would continue to play the game of baseball.”

Banister did get out of bed, fought cancer and was able to play college baseball for Baytown Junior College. He was good enough that a few big league scouts wanted to see him play.

A scout with the New York Yankees asked Banister to catch in a game. If he did well, maybe the Yankees would draft him.

In Banister’s mind, that’s what you do. You play hard and do what’s asked. It’s the way Banister’s father, a high school football coach, taught him.

His mother did the same. Two educators, instilling family values in their son.

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Rangers moving on with Jeff Banister

October, 17, 2014
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 Jeff Banister AP Photo/Tony GutierrezJeff Banister was introduced as the Rangers new manager Friday in Arlington.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It’s been a little more than a year since Nolan Ryan was involved in the decision making process for the Texas Rangers.

There were some ties to Ryan around the ballpark until Sept. 5, when manager Ron Washington stepped away for personal reasons.

With Jeff Banister taking over as Rangers manager Friday, it signaled a new beginning for the organization.

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“Nolan has been gone a year and we have to go forward,” Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said Friday. “None of us wanted Nolan to leave, but he did. OK, he’s working for the Astros. They’re our enemy now. Now we have to put together an organization that can work together.”

Others affiliated with Ryan are also gone from the coaching staff. Outfield/third base coach Gary Pettis appears headed to Houston.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux's status with the club wasn’t solidified during Banister’s talk with reporters Friday. It would be a surprise if Maddux didn’t return, but the pitching coach is his own man, much like Banister.

GM Jon Daniels stressed during the nearly 40-minute news conference at the ballpark that Banister is his own man.

But this is Daniels’ organization to run. Yes, he’s got Thad Levine and others helping him make decisions, but nobody can point to rifts between Daniels and Ryan anymore.

“We don’t have two camps now,” Davis said.

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We conclude our Burning Questions series for the Texas Rangers by looking at the starting rotation.

Now that we know who the manager is, Jeff Banister, we can no longer speculate. Well maybe we can still do that, in terms of what the team will do.

Colby Lewis
AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillWill the Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Colby Lewis to a new deal?
GM Jon Daniels said the club is making starting pitching its No. 1 priority, but the payroll -- $133.5 million last season -- will stay in the same range.

Will the Rangers be able to go after top-tier free-agent pitchers Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields? Probably not unless something changes with the ownership's stance on adding a high-priced free agent.

The Rangers can look at Justin Masterson, who after his trade to St. Louis compiled a 7.04 ERA in nine games/six starts. Masterson won 14 games in Cleveland in 2013.

Brandon McCarthy, after a 3-10 start in Arizona, was traded to the New York Yankees and he excelled with a 2.89 ERA and a 7-5 mark.

Those two seems fair to explore from a financial standpoint.

Right-handed starter Colby Lewis (10-14 in 2013) is a free agent. When the season ended, Daniels said he had preliminary talks with Lewis’ agent about a new contract.

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Rangers in contract talks with Colby Lewis

September, 29, 2014
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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he’s held preliminary talks with Alan Nero, the agent for right-handed starter Colby Lewis, about a new contract.

Lewis led the team in innings (170.1) and starts (29) and tied with Yu Darvish for victories (10) in 2014. He signed a minor league contract with the Rangers for 2014 after an invasive hip surgery caused him miss to the entire 2013 season.

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Lewis’ finish could garner him votes for AL Comeback Player of the Year, something interim manager Tim Bogar said he should get.

Daniels said he exchanged text messages with Nero on Sunday and talks could increase this week.

Right fielder Alex Rios ended the season hitting just .224 in his last 66 games, dropping his batting average to .280. He missed the final 22 games recovering from an infection in his right thumb.

The club has a $13.5 million option on Rios and he can be brought out for $1 million.

Rios, who had a career-high eight triples, said he would like to return.

“Yeah, that would be nice,” Rios said. “It’s not for me to decide.”

The Rangers have two free-agent pitchers, Scott Baker and Neal Cotts, who could be offered contracts as well.

Jon Daniels' time to fix the Rangers

September, 28, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Monday morning, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his staff will get to work on fixing this franchise.

A manager, starting pitching, corner outfielder with power, re-signing Colby Lewis and finding a No. 5 hitter will be on the agenda.

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You can't solve these issues quickly, but for the next four months, Daniels has to.

"There are high expectations as we go into the offseason," Daniels said following the Rangers season, which ended Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. "We expect to win every year, and we've created that expectation, created that atmosphere and created that culture."

The media-shy Rangers co-owners were nowhere to be found to discuss a 95-loss season and whether they believe in what the baseball people are doing.

This week, co-owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson declined to speak about the state of the Rangers, so Sunday afternoon Daniels was left to explain the plans for 2015.

He will interview three internal candidates, interim manager Tim Bogar, Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele, to replace Ron Washington, maybe this week. Daniels said Buechele, the Triple-A manager, had a phone interview with the Houston Astros.

Maddux, the pitching coach, whose contract ends at the end of October, said he wants to stay with the Rangers but is open to speaking with other clubs about managerial openings. Arizona, Houston and Texas have available jobs.

Finally, there's Bogar who took over for Washington and went 14-8. He's the favorite to win the job full time, and many players praised his communication skills.

Daniels noted his in-game management and work with young players as positives going forward. There could be three to four more external candidates visiting with Daniels and his baseball staff in the next few weeks.

Daniels wants a manager hired by Oct. 20, though he can't announce the hire during the World Series, given the rules against those sorts of things.

Yet, the quicker the decision is made, the better for Daniels.

"We got some tough calls to make," Daniels said. "Usually, when you're talking about cleaning up the roster, it's obvious there are a handful of guys that are easy guys to take off and that gets you down below to where you need to get to. I don't think we really have it that way this year."

It’s no easy fix.

The AL West is better, and, yes, Oakland struggled in the second half, but hey, they're playing in October and the Rangers are not. The Los Angeles Angels won the division, and Seattle was in the race until the final day. Houston's manager, Bo Porter, was fired, and, despite 90-plus losses, there is talent on this team.

Is there talent on the Rangers?

Yes.

Daniels wants to improve it.

He said starting pitching is the No. 1 priority this winter, but he won't go after top-tier free agents such as Jon Lester, however. "I like a lot of them, at least the guys on the list. I don't expect to play at the top end of free agency this year."

It's going to be a busy offseason for the Rangers, starting with finding a manager and making sure some of the big moves of 2013, Shin-Soo Choo (free agency) and Prince Fielder (trade), return healthy and produce.

"We need it to be a major uptick," Daniels said. "We made a big commitment, and I expect those guys to be healthy and I expect them to be productive."

Guarantees are lacking in this business, but Daniels is confident he can fix it. He's got ownership's support, which is good. Now, he just has to do it.

Extra Bases: What is Mike Maddux's future?

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Among the numerous offseason decisions for GM Jon Daniels is what the future holds for highly-regarded pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Maddux’s contract expires at the end of the 2014 season, and he most likely will get an interview with another club as a manager or pitching coach. Houston is a strong possibility, given Maddux’s ties to former Rangers team president Nolan Ryan, who is now an executive adviser for the Astros.

Of course, Maddux will interview for the managerial job with the Rangers, as well.

“Mike has done a very good job,” Daniels said. “It’s a unique spot. We’ve got some coaches -- not just Mike -- whose contracts are up at the end of the month, and I want to give them every courtesy and heads-up to where they stand before too much time passes. But at the same time, that’s a decision the manager needs to be involved with. It’s another reason we like to get this resolved sooner rather than later.”
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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezAfter a chat with Greg Maddux about pitching strategy, Nick Martinez pitched 6 2/3 innings Tuesday and gave up zero runs.

Daniels said he would like to hire a manager by the end of October so the new manager, whether it's Tim Bogar or somebody else, can put together his staff.

Fielder swinging a bat: In a good sign, injured slugger Prince Fielder (neck surgery) is swinging a bat again. Fielder, who has played in just 42 games this season, is on target to be ready for spring training in February.

“He’s been back here last couple of days doing his workout with [strength and conditioning coach] Jose Vazquez and started back on a lifting and baseball program,” Daniels said. “Before that it had been a range of motion and rehab stuff, and he’s now getting back into a more of a traditional workout.”

Martinez picks Maddux's brain: During the latest road trip, Nick Martinez, who earned the win against Houston on Tuesday, spoke to newly-minted Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux throughout the Rangers' entire game against the Los Angeles Angels. Martinez didn't pitch that series, but he wanted to pick Maddux's brain.

"Shame on me if I don't talk to him," Martinez said of the chat.

Maddux, a special assistant to the GM, wanted Martinez to stop rushing to throw his fastball, which is his best pitch, early in the count. If Martinez just worked the count more by mixing his pitching and throwing strikes, Maddux said, his pitch count can be handled better, and when he's ahead of hitters, he can throw a fastball.

He did that against the Astros on Tuesday, when he went 6 2/3 innings and struck out five while throwing 101 pitches.

"I think I was pressing a little bit to get quick outs," Martinez said. "That's where those long innings come from so early, and they mount up. This time I attacked people and threw strikes and relied on my fastball with two strikes."
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he hopes to have a new full-time manager in place inside the month of October.

Tim Bogar has been serving in the position on an interim basis ever since Ron Washington resigned as manager Sept. 5. Bogar is 10-6 since taking over and his club has won nine of its last 10 games.

"I wouldn’t put a date on it, but I would say the inside of October and once free agency hits and the offseason really starts, I would like to have all the staffing stuff behind us," Daniels said. "I want the manager to be a part of our offseason plans."

Bogar has already made an impact with his communication style, inserting Leonys Martin into the leadoff spot and using of different players at the No. 3 position in the batting order. Bogar has started 31-year old rookie Guilder Rodriguez with several rookie infielders, including Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor.

Of course, Bogar might have his choice of jobs.

With the Houston Astros job also available, he could get an interview with that organization too.

"He's doing a good job, obviously the wins and losses (notwithstanding)," Daniels said. "But I think the bigger picture, the communication and the energy level that the club has shown, I think those are all positives, and some of it, where we are in the season, and a lot of guys with something to prove and not a lot to lose. It's been all positive, but Tim has done a very good job."

Pregame notes: Profar's rehab shut down

September, 23, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers have shut down projected starting second baseman Jurickson Profar from throwing after three doctors confirmed he’s got instability in his right shoulder.

Profar, who has not played this season, visited with Rangers team physician Keith Meister, Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache and renowned orthopedic surgery James Andrews.

When Profar returns is uncertain. Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels said that Profar will undergo a MRI exam at some point in the near future.

“It’s not like a cut-and-dry deal that any type of surgery solves the problem,” Daniels said Tuesday before the Rangers faced the Houston Astros. “Jurickson’s preference, and we support him in that, is to put all of his efforts into rehabbing the shoulder and looking to strengthen all of the muscles around the shoulder to stabilize it.”

Daniels said doctors haven’t broached the subject that this latest setback could be career-threatening, however, there isn’t any known position player to endure this type of problem.

Profar is on the 60-day DL because of surgery to repair a torn teres major muscle. He started a throwing program last month, and just before the Rangers left for a West Coast trip on Sept. 15 was throwing from 90 feet.

Now his status for 2015 in unclear, and it gives current starting second baseman Rougned Odor the upper hand as the starter for next season.

“I feel for him,” Daniels said of Profar. “More than anything, I’m frustrated from a club standpoint that we haven’t been able to get him to where he needs to be. That’s not a good feeling. But my bigger concern is having a 21-year old kid that has a bright future and a ton of talent, [that] it’s been a lost season. That’s not a good feeling."

Base hits: CF Leonys Martin is sitting out Tuesday’s game because of a bruised right shin suffered when he fouled a pitch off his leg late in Monday’s game. … OF Jim Adduci (concussion) has been cleared to play but most likely won’t play the field until the weekend. … 2B Guilder Rodriguez, who had his first big league hits of his career Monday night, was back in the lineup batting ninth and playing second.

Levine withdraws from Arizona GM search

September, 16, 2014
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Thad Levine, the Texas Rangers' assistant general manager, has withdrawn his name for the vacant GM job with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Levine, who has been the No. 2 man to Jon Daniels the last nine seasons, spoke with Arizona's chief baseball officer Tony La Russa about his desire to remain in Texas.

The Diamondbacks, who have a 66-88 mark entering Tuesday's play, are trying to replace Kevin Towers, who was fired Sept. 5.

According to CBS Sports'Jon Heyman, former big league pitcher and current agent, Dave Stewart will interview for the job soon. Stewart was also an assistant GM with the Toronto Blue Jays.

St. Louis Cardinals executive Gary LaRocque, Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson, Boston Red Sox executive Allard Baird, New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler among others are under consideration for the Arizona job.
HOUSTON -- In the search to find a closer for 2015, Neftali Feliz continues to have more questions about his abilities for the Texas Rangers.

Sunday afternoon, manager Ron Washington asked Feliz to escape a jam that was created by setup man Neal Cotts.

Cotts lost a 2-1 lead, so with the game tied, Washington needed Feliz to get one out.

Feliz, coming back from Tommy John surgery, didn’t have much velocity while facing three hitters. He allowed a go-ahead, eighth-inning RBI single to Jose Altuve, a man who had four hits on Sunday and has a major league-leading 189 on the season.

The Rangers lost to the Houston Astros 3-2 at Minute Maid Park not so much because the hitters didn’t do enough -- though you have to give credit to Houston starter Dallas Keuchel for his efforts -- but the bullpen struggled.

When Washington lifted starter Nick Martinez after 5⅓ innings on Sunday, he told him he did his job.

Feliz?

Not so much.

"It wasn’t as crisp," Washington said.

Feliz’s velocity is up and down since his return from surgery.

"I feel good [physically]," Feliz said of his outing. "When I take too many days off, my arm doesn’t feel too good."

Feliz last pitched Monday in Seattle.

He entered the game in the eighth inning against the Astros and walked the first man he faced in Robbie Grossman. Feliz’s 3-1 pitch, a fastball, fell into the dirt.

"I tried to throw my pitch down, and I missed my spot," Feliz said of ball four to Grossman.

Washington said the game was lost right there.

Altuve was next, and he hit a 91=mph fastball to center, breaking the tie.

"We shouldn’t have been there," Washington said of the drama. "We should have got Grossman. You don't get beat right there. Grossman has to beat you, not Altuve."

Feliz reiterated his shoulder is strong but he needs to pitch to continue building it up. At times, Feliz is dominant, throwing in the mid- to high-90s, and reminds you of what he once was before the surgery and the switch from bullpen to starting rotation.

General manager Jon Daniels needs answers for 2015, and he watches this team closely every day.

He doesn't want to worry about the closer, who regained the gig when Joakim Soria was traded to the Detroit Tigers. It's a difficult situation to be in for Daniels. Monday in Seattle, Feliz gave up a one-out single in the ninth before retiring the next two hitters on fly outs, including Robinson Cano to end the game. Feliz pitched four days before that, Aug. 20, and allowed two home runs in the ninth inning of a save situation in Miami. Feliz, however, was able to get the save in a 5-4 victory.

So, do Daniels and Washington still want to deal with Feliz and his inconsistency with velocity?

"Still trying to figure it out," Washington said.

Derek Holland feels better, ready to go

August, 29, 2014
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HOUSTON -- On Thursday night, Rangers left-hander starter Derek Holland made his sixth and final rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock.

Holland pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- against Nashville. Holland, who threw 98 pitches, gave up two, two-out home runs in his outing.

Holland missed his last outing with back spasms, which he said didn't pose a problem for him Thursday night. He's missed the entire season while recovering from left knee surgery.

The knee hasn't been a problem for Holland, who has been moving well toward first base when he needs to field his position, and now he's ready to pitch with the big club.

"I felt good," Holland said. "I think the big thing was to just test my back and make sure everything was OK with that from there. I felt good and continue to pound the zone and just getting myself ready, that's the main thing. Just to get back to make sure I'm ready to go."

When Holland will pitch for the Rangers hasn't been determined. He will be with the Rangers on Friday when they continue their 10-game road trip through Houston and he could be on the mound when the club visits Kansas City for three games early next week.

There is no rush at this stage for Holland to pitch, other than to prove to the front office that he's healthy after major knee surgery. It's just one more thing GM Jon Daniels can cross off his list of things to worry about heading into the offseason.

"This is what I've been working for," Holland said of returning. "I wanted to show people I can get back up there and I'm ready to go and I've been working my butt off to get back there, whether the season has been good or not, my main focus is just being a part of the team."

Derek Holland pitches final rehab start

August, 28, 2014
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HOUSTON -- In his sixth and final rehab outing, Rangers left-handed starter Derek Holland pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night against Nashville.

Holland, who threw 98 pitches, gave up two two-out home runs, a solo shot to Jeremy Hermida and a two-run blast to Matt Pagnozzi.

Before the game, manager Ron Washington told Holland he expected him to dominate.

Holland, who is expected to join the Rangers on Friday, most likely will be activated to the big league roster next week in Kansas City. It's still uncertain if he will pitch when the Rangers head to Kansas City.

Washington said a discussion with GM Jon Daniels and pitching coach Mike Maddux needs to occur before any announcements can be made.

Darvish could've handled saga better

August, 26, 2014
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Yu Darvish AP Photo/Brandon WadePerceptions of Yu Darvish's situation might be different had he not gone directly to the DL.
Yu Darvish has described the inflammation in his right elbow as mild, and it is unclear if the right-hander could pitch through it if the Texas Rangers were involved in a pennant chase.

While a pitcher's arm is a precious commodity, position players deal with issues as well. Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios have played through sprained ankles of late. Choo has dealt with that ailment since April. Choo also played through a bone spur in his left elbow; the pain finally became too great, so he’s set to undergo season-ending surgery.

You should have seen Elvis Andrus on Sunday before the Rangers headed for Seattle. The Rangers' starting shortstop had both wrists wrapped in ice. Pitchers regularly walk around the clubhouse with ice packs strapped to their arms -- it's all a part of baseball.

Darvish could have handled things differently regarding his stint on the disabled list.

Instead of electing to go on the DL, he probably should have asked for some rest -- because the Rangers would have given it to him. General manager Jon Daniels made the correct call in sitting Darvish, but perhaps the ace should have delayed the DL process a little bit.

Darvish most likely would miss two to three starts before being asked to do anything. If he was still having issues, then he would have been placed on the DL.

Darvish going on the shelf without waiting to see how he felt after a little time off raises some questions and some perception issues.

I look at left-hander Derek Holland's situation and his comments.

Holland could have taken the year off as he recovers from left knee surgery. But Holland has been consistent in his statements that he wants to pitch for his teammates, regardless of how the Rangers' season is going.

“I want to be out there for them,” Holland said.

Pitching injured and pitching through discomfort are two different things. Darvish is not injured. He’s got discomfort, and the Rangers are being cautious with the 28-year-old.

No problem with that.

I just wish Darvish had waited a little while before going on the DL, because you don’t want to come across as quitting on your team.

You could say the season doesn’t mean anything, so what’s the big deal?

You would be correct.

Manager Ron Washington disagrees with you, because the games will go on. Yes, you want to get a handle on younger players such as Tomas Telis, the rookie catcher who picked up his first big league hit Monday night in Seattle, but you also want to make sure the core of your team is committed long term.

Washington himself created a stir about Darvish when he said that everybody encounters inflammation, and that he expected the ace to return. Washington has backed tracked on these statements in recent days and Daniels says everybody is on the same page. Daniels said Monday if anybody had a problem with Darvish wanted to move to the DL they should have spoken up, then, not now.

Darvish is the best pitcher on this team and among the best in baseball. You don't want to place him at risk for further injury.

Darvish, I believe, is committed to the Rangers. I just wish his approach had been a little different.
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels stressed Monday that staff ace Yu Darvish might not return in 2014 from the 15-day disabled list, where he sits with elbow inflammation.

Speaking to ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, Daniels said it doesn’t make sense to bring the right-hander back given the Rangers’ place in the standings and the amount of time it would take for him to get back up to speed.

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Bob Levey/Getty ImagesYu Darvish's Aug. 9 start in Houston could turn out to have been the right-hander's last of the season.
“I think it’s the function of the calendar,” Daniels said. “At this point, he has shown a lot of improvement. We’ll probably get another [MRI] to see where it’s at soon. But if we get to a point where he’s been down for too long -- and that’s probably coming up here in the beginning of September -- I’m not sure if it makes sense to ramp him back up for a couple of starts at the end of the month.”

Darvish hasn’t pitched since Aug. 9 in Houston, where he lasted just four innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits.

A few days later, Darvish complained of discomfort in his throwing elbow and a MRI exam revealed inflammation. The Rangers placed Darvish on the DL on Aug. 13, retroactive to Aug. 10. He was eligible to return Monday at Seattle, but didn’t make the trip.

Darvish’s status for this current 10-day road trip is uncertain, and it’s doubtful he’ll see a game the rest of the season.

The only thing keeping it from being official is an announcement from the Rangers.

“That’s how we’re looking at it,” Daniels said. “Admittedly, it’s playing it on the cautious side, but I think with the season we’ve had with the injuries, as important as he and other guys are to us, I just don’t see pushing a pitcher out there when you've got a known injury in the elbow -- and he’s obviously an important piece to us going forward.”

There is some concern that Darvish, 28, has upset some in the clubhouse or in the front office with the stint on the disabled list.

Daniels disputed that, saying it was his call to place the pitcher on the DL and that his manager, Ron Washington -- who expressed a desire for Darvish’s return this week -- was of like mind.

“We’re all on the same page,” Daniels said. “Everyone in the same room. If there had been a desire to challenge Darvish or question his intent, it would have been right there, and Wash was 100 percent on his side and in his corner and wanted to protect him.”

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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