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Rangers turn to Double-A starter Justin Grimm to patch banged-up rotation

Jun 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando are on the disabled list, Roy Oswalt is scuffling in the minors, and Scott Feldman is 0-6 with a 6.50 ERA, so the Rangers have decided to dip down to Double-A for their latest rotation reinforcement.

Justin Grimm will be called up from Double-A to make his big-league debut Saturday against the Astros, which the 23-year-old right-hander admitted was “kind of unexpected, to be honest.”

Grimm has pitched extremely well at Double-A, throwing 77 innings with a 1.73 ERA and 67/14 K/BB ratio, and had just been named a Texas League All-Star when he got the news. However, he’s also not considered a top prospect and has made just 13 total starts above Single-A.

It’s hard to imagine Grimm sticking in the majors even if he thrives initially, but for now the Rangers are just looking for some short-term help while waiting on Oswalt to show he’s ready.

  1. kevinbnyc - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Not really making an offer to CJ burns pretty bad right now.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    It’s hard to imagine Grimm sticking in the majors even if he thrives initially, but for now the Rangers are just looking for some short-term help while waiting on Oswalt to show he’s ready.

    Best team since the 1998 Yankees, right Buster Olney?

    • approvenothing - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Oh really now? Look at their current record and tell me they are not in the running for the best team in baseball? Whilest their rotation is beat up they can still easily play .500 ball, if not better, with their offense and pitchers Harrison and Lewis. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, Mr. Church.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        here, let me bold the important part for you:

        “Best team since the 1998 Yankees, right Buster Olney”

        And for comparison’s sake:

        Rangers: 37-27 with 335 RS, 263 RA +72
        Yankees: 48-16 with 399 RS, 262 RA +137

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        ugh html fail on my part. The point is Olney was making proclamations about this team being similar to one of the best teams in the last few decades.

  3. spytdi - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    He did say ‘since’ not better than. Idiots

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      2001 Seattle Mariners:
      50-14, 391 RS, 266 RA, +125

      So yeah, wrong again

  4. billymc75 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Yea cause CJ is really good in the playoffs and beyond.

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