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Friday, April 25, 2014

Rangers Injury Updates: Shin-Soo Choo, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Pedro Figueroa, Neftali Feliz


By on 4/25/2014 07:30:00 AM

The Texas Rangers enjoyed the day off yesterday as they headed to Seattle for a three-game set starting today.  The Rangers have been one of the most hard hit teams in baseball as far as injuries go and updates have poured in about several Rangers.  Let's go over all of them, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.


Shin-Soo Choo
Choo has been dealing with some ankle soreness lately.  He left Monday's game with an injured ankle.  He then sat out both remaining games in the Oakland series.  T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports an update:
"Shin-Soo Choo is reporting some improvement in his sprained left ankle. The Rangers are hopeful he can avoid the disabled list."
That's probably the best news I have for Rangers players in this article.  Losing Choo would have been a big blow for the Rangers.  Choo is off to another typical start to the season, swatting a 3.14 average to go with five doubles, a triple, two home runs & seven RBI.  His on-base percentage is a fantastic .432!  Keep an eye out for a return date for Choo, it should be soon.


Kevin Kouzmanoff
Kouzmanoff left Tuesday's game with back soreness.  He missed Wednesday's game as well and he may miss a lot more time.  T.R. Sullivan reports:
"Kevin Kouzmanoff is flying back to Texas to have his back examined by Dr. Drew Dosset. Kouzmanoff has not improved as much as the Rangers expected and they want to get a better idea of his situation before Adrian Beltre is activated off disabled list. "
Kouzmanoff's back has been a big reason for concern for the slugger for years.  Some say that's why he's had such a below-expectations career.  With Beltre coming off the DL today, the Rangers won't necessarily miss Kouzmanoff but they wanted to have both of their bats in the lineup.  It's still a possibility but if a DL-stint is needed or an extended period of time off is needed, will Kouzmanoff fall back to his old numbers, just like he did with past back injuries?  This one is concerning for the Rangers.


Pedro Figueroa
Figueroa also left Tuesday's game but with elbow problems.  As I reported on Wednesday, anything that has to do with an elbow when it comes to pitchers, is just downright scary.  Those fears have been realized, as T.R. Sullivan reports:
"Pedro Figueroa has a torn ligament and flexor tendon in his left elbow. He is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery next week."
The list of Tommy John victims just keeps climbing.  It seems we're reporting every week on another 2-3 pitchers needing Tommy John surgery.  He joins this year's list that includes Brandon Beachy, Cory Gearrin, Kris Medlen, David Hernandez, Patrick Corbin, Matt Moore, Jarrod Parker, Ivan Nova, Jameson Taillon, Johnny Hellweg & Josh Johnson.  It's a list that no one wants to be a part of and I hate reporting on.


Neftali Feliz
Feliz was the rumored replacement for Figueroa's spot in the bullpen but that seems unlikely at this point.  He's a former Tommy John recipient as well.  T.R. Sullivan reports his condition:
"Neftali Feliz was examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Thursday. He is dealing with general soreness in his right elbow but there are no structural issues in the ligaments and tendons. He is going on the Minor League disabled list and will likely resume a throwing program later this week."
Feliz just can't catch a break this season.  He was supposed to start the season with the Rangers but ended up not making the club out of Spring Training.  He's been doing his thing in Triple-A with a lot of success, appearing in five games and allowing just one run on two hits & two walks while striking out six in 5.2 innings of work.

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