08/30/10 8:44 PM ET
Murphy to alternate with Borbon for Rangers
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Texas sends Harden to 'pen; Holland to start
KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers are moving Rich Harden to the bullpen and Derek Holland is going to the rotation.Holland will start on Friday against the Twins. The Rangers informed Harden of the decision before Monday's game against the Royals. "It was two-fold," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "One is we've had inconsistencies out of the fifth starter the last few times through. We're trying to mix and match to find the right chemistry. We're going to give Derek another chance. This also gives us another right-hander out of the bullpen with Frankie [Francisco] out." Harden is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA in his last four starts and 5-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 17 starts this season while missing over two months because of a strained muscle in his lower back and inflammation in his left shoulder. Harden has made 144 career starts and just eight relief appearances in his Major League career. He hasn't pitched in relief since 2007. Holland is 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances this season in three separate tours of duty with the Rangers. He was also 6-2 with a 1.87 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Harden started on Saturday against the Athletics and lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits in a 5-0 loss. Holland took over and allowed one run on three hits in 42/3 innings.
Rangers plan on switching Triple-A affiliate
Club officials have confirmed that the Rangers are planning to switch their Triple-A affiliation from Oklahoma City to Round Rock for the 2011 season.The Rangers announced on Monday they are extending their working agreements with Double-A Frisco and Class A Spokane and Hickory. But Oklahoma City was left out of the announcement. At this time, clubs can only work on renewing their agreements with their present affiliates. They can not begin talks with other affiliates until later in September. But club president Nolan Ryan also owns the Round Rock team and it has long been a foregone conclusion that the Rangers would switch in 2011. The switch would help the Rangers gain inroads into the Central Texas market although they have enjoyed a strong following in Oklahoma City over the years. The Rangers have been at Oklahoma City since 1983. The Astros, currently in Round Rock, will likely switch to Oklahoma City, which actually was their first Triple-A affiliate during 1962-72, when they were the 89ers. The Rangers would also like to find a new high Class A affiliate. Currently they are at Bakersfield in the California League but play in one of the oldest ballparks in the Minor Leagues and the situation there has been far from satisfactory. There is a possibility they could switch to Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League. Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg is one of the owners there but Myrtle Beach also has a strong relationship with the Atlanta Braves. That is still up in the air. The new agreement with Frisco is a four-year deal. Spokane and Hickory are two-year deals. Frisco is owned by Mandalay Sports Entertainment, a group currently trying to buy the Oklahoma City franchise.
The Rangers optioned outfielder Brandon Boggs to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was activated off the disabled list. The Rangers recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Oklahoma City and put him on the disabled list. Gentry, who was a certain September callup, is sidelined with a broken wrist. By recalling him from Triple-A, the Rangers leave open the possibility that he could be on the postseason roster, even if it's only as a pinch-runner. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is 1-for-6 in two games on rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco. Kinsler, who has been on the disabled list since July 29 with a strained left groin muscle, will play at least two more games at Frisco on Monday and Tuesday but the Rangers still expect him to be activated on Friday against the Twins. Cristian Guzman, on the disabled list with a strained right quad muscle, is 3-for-8 in three games for Frisco. He is expected to be activated at some point this week as well. Scott Feldman, on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right knee, is with the Rangers on the current road trip going through his throwing program.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.