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Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre banged up

Mar 14, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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I often note at this time of year that spring training means nothing. The team is 10-3? Your left fielder is batting .429? That’s swell. But it also means nothing because spring training results often — heck, mostly — don’t carry over into the regular season. Even when they do, there’s no reliable way to know beforehand that they were going to.

But health is a different matter. A sore something-or-other is a sore something-or-other be it in early March or early April. So look to health, more than anything else, when trying to figure out if your team is doomed out of the gate or not.

The Rangers aren’t doomed. Far from it. But they do have a couple of key dudes who aren’t feeling 100%:



The minor elbow pain Shin-Soo Choo experienced a week ago has lingered, and Thursday he received an injection of anti-inflammatory medication to combat it.

Beltre has dealt with leg issues in the past — and so much of his power comes from that to-the-knee swing he employs, which is so very much leg-generated. As such, a bad lower half could be bad news for Beltre.

As for Choo, he says that the pain is normal for him this time of spring training and that it always clears up after ten days or so. Were it the regular season, he’d be playing every day, no worries.

Worth watching in the early going.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM


    • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Say it, don’t spray it.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      is that a pope gregory gesundheit?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Hmmm, could we make saying “gfy” after sneezes a thing, in honor of Pope Francis?

  2. bendover09 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Shoo homered last night

    Tommy Hanson now has 8 1/2 innings 3.24 ERA
    I really think this guy will be the key for the Rangers if he can just stay his old self.

    Colby Lewis is throwing nothing bit awesomeness out the gate with a low 1.80 ERA

    Perez roughed up last night but pitching where he left off last year

    Ogando has over 8.00 era last couple games

    Tepesch rough up as well with 5.00 era

    From what I’ve heard from the coaches is that on offense that the batters are getting in 0-2 count on purpose so they can practice to NOT swing.

    Do some real reporting or journalism for once … sheesh

    • Jonestein - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Baseball BLOG – please try and grasp the concept.

    • echech88 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Real reporting clearly means being a fan of the team you’re reporting on.

      Because I’m sure you were just as optimistic about Tommy Hanson’s ability to stay healthy and be his old self last year when he was traded to the Angels?

      • yahmule - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        He was, but in all fairness everybody was buzzing about Tommy’s 86 MPH heater in Anaheim.

    • rhandome - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      So reporting on injuries to key players isn’t “real” journalism, but listing off Spring Training stats with no context or deeper analysis is. Got it, thanks friend. I’m glad you’re here to tell me what Colby Lewis’s ERA is in 2 and 2/3 whole Spring Training innings, not like I could have looked that up in about five seconds. 😛

  3. markofapro - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Beltre is a beast and he will be ready to go.

    That is, in fact, my real opinion.

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