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Joe Saunders exits early with bruised left ankle; Rangers remain snakebitten

Apr 4, 2014, 9:49 PM EST

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In early March, the Rangers made an emergency signing of Joe Saunders to patch up their injury-ravaged rotation, having lost Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. The Rangers had another scare when Yu Darvish was forced to miss his Opening Day start due to a neck injury, though he didn’t require a stint on the disabled list. This is pitchers only, mind you, as the Rangers have also lost top prospect Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto. How much worse can it get?

Saunders was metaphorically hit hard by the Rays in his start on Friday night, allowing five runs (four earned) over 3 2/3 innings. But he was also literally hit hard, taking an Evan Longoria comebacker off of his left ankle. The Rangers removed him from the game and sent him to have X-rays taken. They turned up negative, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Saunders was officially diagnosed with a bruised left ankle.

It remains to be seen if Saunders will have to miss his next start, but you can bet the Rangers are holding their breath.

  1. sisisisisisisi - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    You sound like this is really terrible for the Rangers. He won’t last long with the way he’s pitching. It probably will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

    • chill1184 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Addition by subtraction?

    • jwbiii - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      So Nick Tepesch is the answer? He’s the only other healthy starter on the 40 man.

  2. beefytrout - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Saunders is only in the rotation because Ogando is better (and needed) in the bullpen and Tommy Hanson would have cost too much to keep. He’s not long for the team no matter what.

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