Texas Rangers: Omar Quintanilla

Notes: Leonys Martin pleased with debut

September, 3, 2011
9/03/11
1:17
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BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was so anxious to get in his first big league game that when the eighth inning came on Friday, he started trotting onto the field.

But manager Ron Washington wanted the center fielder to pinch hit and then play the field in the next half inning.

"I said, 'Where are you going?'" Washington said. "He was excited."

Martin ended up having a memorable debut. The 23-year-old got a single in his first at-bat and made a nice catch in deep center.

"It was good for me and I'm glad to get the first one out of the way," Martin said through a translator. "It was neat to do it in Boston, such a big baseball town too and against a good pitcher."

Martin said he kept the baseball from his first hit.

"I want to show it to my kids when they grow up," said Martin, smiling.

The catch in center field impressed his manager as Martin used a smooth, easy motion to get out to it.

"I wasn't so sure he was going to catch up with it, but he did," Washington said. "It was a nice play. [Jed] Lowrie smoked that ball. It's a tough play when it's hit directly over your head, but he ran it down."

Martin debuted after playing just 73 career minor league games. It's the fewest minor league games played before a big league debut for the Rangers since Pete Incaviglia went from college to the majors in 1986.

Other notes:

* Washington said Derek Holland was not happy when he was removed after seven shutout innings on Friday. "He was shocked because he was into it," Washington said. "But we thought it was time to save some bullets right there."

Holland hasn't shown the fatigue issues that the other young pitchers like Alexi Ogando and Matt Harrison have this season. But the club is aware that he's thrown 172 1/3 innings, second-most on the club to C.J. Wilson. So when they can get Holland out of games early, they're going to do it. It's particularly important to do that now, as the club tries to close in on the postseason. They're going to need Holland and don't want to push him if they don't have to. And Washington wasn't going to let the chance to throw a shutout force him to deviate from that plan.

"Once he got high-5s from his teammates and we had a chance to explain to him what we were doing, he was cool," Washington said.

* Omar Quintanilla cleared waivers and refused his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. So he becomes a free agent. He was 1-for-22 with 2 RBIs in 11 games for the Rangers.

* Adrian Beltre wanted one more at-bat on Friday and the manager agreed. He wanted to keep swinging because he just came back and is trying to get in a rhythm. Washington said Beltre is still doing a good job not trying to push the hamstring. "He's not going to get crazy," Washington said. "If he pulls it again, we'll see him in spring training. That's what I keep telling him."

Adrian Beltre, 4 others activated

September, 1, 2011
9/01/11
1:36
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Release from the Texas Rangers:

The Texas Rangers announced the following roster moves today:
  • Reinstated third baseman Adrian Beltre from the 15-day disabled list.
  • Reinstated infielder Andres Blanco from the 15-day disabled list.
  • Added catcher Matt Treanor (#15), acquired in yesterday’s trade with Kansas City, to the active roster.
  • Added left-handed pitcher Michael Gonzalez (#51), acquired in yesterday’s trade with Baltimore, to the active roster.
  • Purchased the contract of infielder Esteban German from Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Merkin Valdez from Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Infielder Omar Quintanilla outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock.

Beltre was placed on the disabled list July 23 with a left hamstring strain. He suffered the injury while running the bases on July 22 vs. Toronto. He has batted .276 with 20 home runs, 29 doubles, and 76 RBI in 100 games with Texas this season. At the time he was placed on the disabled list, he ranked among American League leaders in several offensive categories and led the circuit in games played. Despite missing over a month, Beltre still ranks third among Rangers in doubles and RBI. He played 2 games on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, going 2-for-8 on Monday and Tuesday at Omaha, a pair of starts at third base.

Blanco was placed on the disabled list August 9 with lower back inflammation. He was also on the disabled list July 7-30 with a stress reaction in his lower back. Blanco has batted .206 with 2 home runs and 2 RBI in 28 games for Texas this season, making 16 starts. He has played for Triple-A Round Rock each of the past three days at Omaha, going 3-for-12 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in 3 starts at shortstop. His last game with Texas was August 8 vs. Seattle.

Treanor, 35, was acquired yesterday from Kansas City in exchange for cash considerations. A member of the Rangers’ 2010 American League Champion squad, the Rangers had traded him to Kansas City on March 28 at the end of spring training. He has spent the entire season with the Royals, batting .226 (42-186) with 3 homers, 6 doubles, and 21 RBI in 65 games, including a team-high 62 starts behind the plate. Treanor missed all of August after being placed on the concussion disabled list on July 31, after which he was transferred to the regular 15-day disabled list. He played 7 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on injury rehabilitation assignment, going 1-for-3 in his last game on Sunday vs. Tulsa. His last big league game was July 30 at Cleveland.

Gonzalez, 33, was acquired yesterday from Baltimore in exchange for a player to be named later. He has gone 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA (22 ER/46.1 IP) in 49 relief appearances for Baltimore in 2011. The South Texas native and resident has held left-handed batters to a .211 (19-90) average this season, and a .212 (96-452) mark in his career. He has tossed 12.1 scoreless innings over his last 13 outings beginning July 22, with opponents batting .122 (5-41) in that span. Gonzalez has allowed runs in just one of his last 19 appearances.

German, 33, has spent the entire season with Round Rock (AAA), batting .301 with 7 home runs, 29 doubles, and 56 RBI in 123 games. He has played primarily third base and second base, but has also seen action in left and center field. He batted .452 (19-42) over his final 11 games with 9 runs scored. German was 44-for-53 (83.0%) in stolen base attempts. Through yesterday’s games, he ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in steals (2nd, 44), runs (4th, 94), and walks (4th, 72), leading the Express in all three categories. He also led the club with 40 multi-hit games and 13 games of 3-or-more hits. This is the third straight year that German has been a late-season call-up for Texas. He was on the club’s 2010 American League Division Series roster, but did not play in the postseason. He has a career .278 average over 398 games in the majors with Oakland (2002-04), Texas (2005, 2009-10), and Kansas City (2006-08).

Valdez, 29, was signed by Texas to a minor league contract on July 24. He has gone 1-0 with 4 saves and a 2.35 ERA (4 ER/15.1 IP) in 12 relief appearances for Triple-A Round Rock, holding opponents to a .230 (14-61) average with 5 walks and 14 strikeouts. He began the year with Dodgers Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque, going 4-2 with 4 saves and a 3.58 ERA(20 ER/50.1 IP)in 38 relief appearances before being released on July 18. Valdez has pitched in 69 games in the major leagues with San Francisco (2004, 2008-09) and Toronto (2010), going 3-1 with a 5.53 ERA (42 ER/68.1 IP). The bulk of his big league action came with the Giants in 2008-09, establishing career highs in nearly every category when he pitched 48 games and 49.1 innings in 2009. His last major league appearance was with Toronto on April 25, 2010 at Tampa Bay.

Quintanilla cleared waivers and has been outrighted off the 40-man roster. He appeared in 11 games for Texas after having his contract purchased on July 8. The El Paso native has spent the rest of the year at Round Rock (AAA).

With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster, including 30 players on the active roster.

Notes: Blanco, Beltre, Quintanilla

August, 26, 2011
8/26/11
5:09
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers utility man Andres Blanco is taking swings as he tries to make his way back to the team. But manager Ron Washington said Blanco isn't swinging on the left side. That doesn't mean the club wouldn't use him anyway, once he's played in some rehab games and is ready to go.

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"As long as he can play defense, I'm good," Washington said. "We'll see when we get him out of here. He has to go down [to the minors] for a little bit."

Washington didn't know when Blanco would be ready, but said he'd bet that Adrian Beltre would be ready before Blanco.

Other notes:

* Washington said he didn't have a feel for whether Beltre would be ready for Sept. 1. Beltre said he didn't have any update today. He hasn't had any setbacks, but there's no timetable for when he might go out on a rehab assignment. He said earlier this week that the doctor wouldn't clear him before Saturday, but he also has to run the bases at full speed and he hasn't done that, either. We'll see what happens.

* With Omar Quintanilla's struggles, Washington was asked about other options. One might be Esteban German. But German doesn't play shortstop. "We needed a shortstop when we got Quintanilla and we thought Blanco was going to be back sooner," Washington said. "We still need a shortstop." German is not on the 40-man roster. Quintanilla is 1-for-22 with nine strikeouts.

Tonight's lineups: Rangers vs. Red Sox

August, 24, 2011
8/24/11
4:03
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nelson Cruz gets a day off. Manager Ron Washington felt he needed a mental and physical break (more on that in some notes coming up). Ian Kinsler is the DH with Omar Quintanilla starting at second. David Ortiz is in for Boston. The lineups:

BOSTON
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
SS Marco Scutaro
1B Adrian Gonzalez (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz (L)
3B Jed Lowrie (S)
LF Carl Crawford (L)
C Jason Varitek (S)
RF Darnell McDonald

RANGERS
DH Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton (L)
3B Michael Young
C Mike Napoli
1B Mitch Moreland (L)
RF David Murphy (L)
CF Endy Chavez (L)
2B Omar Quintanilla (L)

Josh Beckett vs. Matt Harrison on the mound.

Rangers make roster move

July, 8, 2011
7/08/11
6:14
PM CT
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers made a few roster moves before Friday night's game against the Oakland A's.

The club placed infielder Andres Blanco on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday with a stress reaction in his lower back. He's been getting treatment for it for about a week.

Infielder Omar Quintanilla was moved from Triple-A Round Rock to the big club to replace Blanco. Quintanilla, 29, who played college ball at Texas, hit .298 in 51 games for Round Rock.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers moved right-handed starter Scott Feldman from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Feldman, who is recovering from knee surgery, didn't have a setback in rehab, but the move was procedural more than anything.

Also, relief pitcher Dave Bush cleared waivers and is now a free agent.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182