Rangers add to broadcast team

Updated: June 29, 2012, 9:57 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers announced Friday that Matt Hicks will replace Dave Barnett on the broadcast team for an undetermined length of time.

Hicks, who's the radio voice for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, will be in the radio booth Saturday.

Hicks -- no relation to former Rangers owner Tom Hicks -- will work alongside Eric Nadel.

The Rangers made a change to their broadcast team when Barnett had a strange over-the-air sequence June 18 at San Diego.

As Rangers reliever Mike Adams pitched in the eighth inning, Barnett had an odd description of the scene.

"A 2-1 game, the tying run at second on a leadoff single by Chase Headley," Barnett said on the telecast. "The go-ahead run ... is at fifth, on what Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman took a piece literally out of ..."

Barnett stopped there, then finished the game without further incident.

He hasn't returned since and said recently he's dealing with a severe case of migraine headaches.

The 54-year-old Barnett became the Rangers' lead television play-by-play voice during the 2011 season. He joined the radio team in 2009 and prior to that spent 13 years working in TV and radio for ESPN and ABC.

Steve Busby will continue to work with Tom Grieve on the television broadcasts.

Hicks has been the play-by-play voice of the Hooks the last eight seasons.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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