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Rangers designate Joe Saunders for assignment

Jul 1, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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Joe Saunders talked himself back into the Rangers’ rotation last month following an injury, saying that he didn’t want to take on a bullpen role, but after going 0-5 with a 6.18 ERA in eight starts overall this season Texas has designated the left-hander for assignment.

Saunders was once a decent back-of-the-r0tation starter for the Angels and Diamondbacks, but he’s now 11-21 with a 5.42 ERA in 40 starts since the beginning of last season and coughed up four homers last night against the Orioles.

Given his platoon splits and overall ineffectiveness as a starter switching from the rotation to the bullpen could potentially prolong Saunders’ career, so it’ll be interesting to see if getting let go by the Rangers helps him recognize that at age 33.

In the meantime right-hander Miles Mikolas has been called up from Triple-A to take Saunders’ spot in the rotation and will start Wednesday.

  1. clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Is it tradition on Canada day to dump a lefty?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM


      • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        three lefties were either D’dFA or unceremoniously traded today.

  2. jacobk621 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Will the O’s take another shot with him ??

  3. tmc602014 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    In his time in Anaheim Saunders was popular with fans, interacting with folks before games, and being more “real” than many other players. For too many athletes the raging ego is the driving force that powers them (cue “Glory Days”) and changing to a lesser role is seen as a demotion, leading to loos of confidence, etc. Hey, I just figured out why Scioscia won’t sit the non-performing veterans!

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