04/11/07 8:18 PM ET
Notes: Wright sore, struggling
Starter could be odd man out with Gagne set to return
By Ken Daley / Special to MLB.com
"He had some shoulder soreness at Frisco the other day [during last Thursday's Minor League start], and he had some soreness today as well," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday. "So, we'll have to see how he's feeling [Thursday]. That will be the first thing we'll evaluate."
The Rangers need a roster opening by Friday to activate Eric Gagne, who is ready to come off the DL and assume the team's closer role. Placing Wright on the injured list would allow the club to keep left-hander Bruce Chen. Chen and right-hander Kameron Loe would be the leading candidates when the fifth starter's spot comes up again April 21 and April 26.
"I hope not," said Wright, who gave up five runs on five hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday. "I don't want to miss any more time. But I understand they have to make a decision, so we'll see what happens."
Wright said he was disappointed in his results Tuesday, but described his shoulder discomfort as mild.
"I'm doing all right, just a little achy," he said. "My ego is also a little achy. That was definitely a game where I should have stuck around for at least five or six innings."
Brumley dismissed: Former utility player Mike Brumley, who had just started his third season as the Rangers' Minor League Field coordinator, was relieved of his duties Tuesday.
Daniels said the decision was the result of a "philosophical difference," but declined to elaborate. No replacement has been named, and Daniels said a decision on filling the job "probably won't happen right away."
Before joining the Rangers, Brumley spent four years as a Minor League manager in the Angels organization, the last three as skipper of Triple-A Salt Lake.
Gunning for glory: The Rangers' Gerald Laird was surprised to learn that Tuesday night he became the first catcher to twice throw out Tampa Bay's speedy Carl Crawford attempting to steal in the same game.
"He's fast, but I was lucky enough to make two good throws right on the bag," Laird said. "If you don't make a perfect throw, you're not going to get him."
Rangers manager Ron Washington gave much of the credit to Wright, who was timed getting the ball to the plate in about 1.2 seconds.
"I don't care how fast he is," Washington said, "you can't steal off that. But he tried, twice."
Crawford, who last year won his third American League stolen-base crown with 58, might have thought something more nefarious was in the works. There were whispers in the Tampa Bay clubhouse that the area around first base at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington had been deliberately overwatered.
"We're not doing anything to change another team's game," Washington said. "They ran themselves out of innings. I ain't gonna talk to the grounds crew about stuff like that. I got enough problems worrying about my team. We all play under the same conditions."
Tuesday's Minor stars: The top three performances from the Rangers' Minor League teams on Tuesday:
Gold: Right fielder Victor Diaz went 4-for-4 with a walk, double and triple, driving in three runs and scoring one in Triple-A Oklahoma's 5-4 loss at Nashville. Diaz raised his batting average to .435 with the performance. He has seven RBI and 10 hits through six games.
Silver: Right-hander Michael Schlact pitched five shutout innings to win his first start of the season for Class A Bakersfield, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out four.
Bronze: Double-A Frisco third baseman Travis Metcalf hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the RoughRiders' 11-9 loss to Springfield.
He said it
"I don't see that -- yet. Once we get to the All-Star break, ask me that question." -- Washington, when asked about the potential of second baseman Ian Kinsler to hit 25 home runs. Kinsler hit three in his first seven games, trailing only Alex Rodriguez among AL players
Briefly: First baseman Mark Teixeira turned 27 on Wednesday. "Just another day at work," said Teixeira, who extended his consecutive-games played streak to 455, second in club history behind Rodriguez's 482. ... Kenny Lofton's leadoff home run Tuesday night was the 29th of his career opening a game, the fourth-highest total among active Major Leaguers and the 11th most all-time. ... Lofton also became just the fourth player ever to homer for at least 10 different big-league teams. Former Rangers infielder Todd Zeile holds the record by homering for 11 clubs.
Up next: The Rangers are off Thursday before opening a three-game series in Seattle on Friday. Right-hander Kevin Millwood (1-1, 4.91) is scheduled to face Mariners right-hander Miguel Batista (0-1, 15.43) in the series opener at Safeco Field. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT.
Ken Daley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.