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Monday, August 25, 2014

Choo, Darvish out for season

Capping off a disappointing first year with the Rangers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is headed for season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.

There were big expectations when the Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the winter, but he ended up posting career-worsts across the board, with a .242/.340/.374 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 123 games.

And previously on Rangers General Hospital:

No official announcement has been made yet, but during a radio appearance today Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated that Yu Darvish is unlikely to pitch again this season because of an elbow injury.

Darvish was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation on August 13 and here’s what Daniels said this afternoon (via Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News):

By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don’t know that it will allow him to pitch again. I think it’s critical going into next year for us to put all these injury issues and concerns behind us as we possibly can. It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there.

There is a difference between playing when you are tired or a sore ankle vs a pitcher when he’s got an elbow issue. They are two very different things. That’s why medical staff and people like myself make these decisions. This not an emotional thing about quitting on the team. Yu has an elbow issue that fortunately looks like it won’t have a long-term impact and we’re not going to let it.

If he’s done, Darvish will finish his third MLB season with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, leading the league in strikeout rate for the second year in a row at 11.3 per nine innings.

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 09:05 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: injuries, rangers, shin-soo choo, yu darvish

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   1. Baldrick Posted: August 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM (#4779060)
Choo has been out for the season for months. He's slashing 209/293/328 since May 7.
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4779063)
Well, at least he won't be hurting my fantasy team anymore.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 25, 2014 at 11:02 PM (#4779065)
The Rangers are 26 games out of 2nd place. They were 28-26 on May 29. Since then they are 22-53 (a .293 winning percentage) and have been outscored by 131 runs.

Rangers currently on the disabled list:

Enger Beltre
Shin-Soo Choo
Prince Fielder
Kevin Kouzmanoff
Mitch Moreland
Jurickson Profar
Jake Smolinski

Yu Darvish
Matt Harrison
Derek Holland
Alexi Ogando
Martin Perez
(theoretically, that would be their rotation)

Pedro Figueroa
Tanner Scheppers
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM (#4779066)
Honestly, as long as its not a long-term thing, this is a good development for the Rangers, right? Might as well lock up the first overall pick for your misery.
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM (#4779084)
I didn't expect Choo to really be worth one jillion dollars, but color me shocked by his total vanishment since April.

The fact that I picked him with the 7th overall pick in my Scoresheet draft probably goes a long way to explain why I couldn't even tell you what my team's record is anymore.
   6. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4779100)
You think maybe management is getting the idea that fat long-term contracts are just not that good an idea any more?
   7. PreservedFish Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:22 AM (#4779109)
Yu Darvish
Matt Harrison
Derek Holland
Alexi Ogando
Martin Perez
(theoretically, that would be their rotation)


That's rough.
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM (#4779110)
They're still playing better than Ian Kinsler would like.
   9. BDC Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:17 AM (#4779154)
this is a good development for the Rangers, right? Might as well lock up the first overall pick

The trouble with that theory is that their regulars have played so poorly that the call-ups will probably do quite a bit better.

Choo was injured in April and tried to play through it. He should have missed the last week in April and all of May, instead of the last week of August and all of September. That's not to guarantee he has anything left when he gets healthy, but heck, he's only 32 and even hobbling around, his OBP is better than league average. I'd expect him to have a useful season in 2015, if not $14M worth, unless his injuries become chronic.

Choo's problem has been a sprained ankle, which should heal. More troubling is Prince Fielder's recovery from neck surgery. I really don't know what the prognosis is for playing baseball again after cervical fusion.

I can't imagine anybody ever felt that those contracts were good over their entire length. I think the idea is, we need some stars so we can win right now, and that's what they cost these days. But at best you're paying >$100M apiece for two players who are part of a single pennant team. At worst you are paying them to finish dismally last while they're in traction.

The one guy who was in the opening rotation for the Rangers and is still out there, though he disappeared for a while in the interim, is Nick Martinez, who is learning via adversity (3-9, 5.13).
   10. just plain joe Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:23 AM (#4779156)
Well, at least he won't be hurting my fantasy team anymore.


I feel your pain; I have Prince Fielder, Jurrickson Profar and Derek Holland on my fantasy team.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:48 AM (#4779164)
The Rangers owe Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, and Prince Fielder $344 million after this season. They combined for 0.4 rWAR this year.
   12. TerpNats Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4779172)
And hearing about the Cowboys' muddled status on CBS Sports Radio this morning, I pity the fans of the Metroplex. At least Stars training camp is just around the corner.
   13. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4779180)
There were big expectations when the Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the winter, but he ended up posting career-worsts across the board, with a .242/.340/.374 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 123 games.


Choo for BJ Upton challenge trade!
   14. Davo Dozier Posted: August 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4779207)
You could replay this Rangers season a thousand times and never again come up with one as bad as this has been.
   15. The Good Face Posted: August 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4779212)
The Rangers owe Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, and Prince Fielder $344 million after this season. They combined for 0.4 rWAR this year.


Andrus is only 25 and has a solid track record of being an above average player; I'd expect him to come back in 2015 and be around a 3-4 WAR player.

Choo's been injured, but he's not so old that you'd expect a healthy Choo to be worthless. He'll probably never be the 5 WAR guy Texas hoped for, but I'd be shocked if they don't at least get a few years of league average-ish play out of him.

Fielder is terrifying though. Very possible that he never contributes again and he's signed through 2020(!).
   16. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4779244)
It's astonishing how many injuries the Rangers have had. Are records kept for most games lost to injury? They must be near a season record.
   17. The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 05:53 PM (#4779563)
They must be near a season record.
Indeed, and set to demolish it...
The Rangers have used 36 pitchers and... 58 total players. The MLB record for pitchers used is 37 set by the San Diego Padres in 2002. Three clubs hold the MLB record for total players used in a season at 59: San Diego in both 2002 and 2008, and Cleveland in 2002. Texas is one shy of the record. And it's not even September.
   18. Srul Itza Posted: August 26, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4779631)
Meanwhile, although he missed some time earlier in the year, Adrian Beltre just keeps on keepin' on -- .325/.380/.502/.882, good for a 145 OPS+ and 5.7 BBREF WAR. The power numbers are down, but all in all, a fine year for the 35 year old hot corner pro.

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