4/19/2014 8:08 P.M. ET
Rangers stay positive while injury woes mount
By Dave Sessions / Special to MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- With Jim Adduci the latest casualty Saturday, the Rangers now have 10 players on the disabled list -- the most in the Major Leagues. Yet they had managed a respectable 10-7 record entering Saturday. Manager Ron Washington praised the team's ability to piece together wins with a group of players who weren't expected to play key roles for the Rangers.
"Sometimes some teams get hit by these type of injuries," Washington said. "So far our depth has shown up and has been able to keep us moving forward. The organization and the players that are having to step into these situations deserve a lot of credit. We could be in that 'woe is us' situation, but we control our attitude and that's not our attitude."
Right now, the Rangers are without their expected starters at catcher (Geovany Soto), second base (Jurickson Profar) and third base (Adrian Beltre), plus two pitchers who figure to be in the starting rotation when they return (Matt Harrison and Derek Holland), and two pitchers who began the season in the rotation (Tanner Scheppers and Joe Saunders). Adduci, left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz and outfielder Engel Beltre round out the extended disabled list for Texas.
As of Saturday, only five MLB teams had more than half as many players on the DL as the Rangers did, and no other team had more than seven players on the DL. Five of the Rangers' injured players are on the 60-day DL; the other five are on the 15-day DL.
Adduci to DL; Sardinas called up
ARLINGTON -- Jim Adduci got his first start of the season Friday night, and unfortunately for him, his last start for about a month. The Rangers' outfielder fractured his left little finger Friday and was sent to the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Adduci, a left-handed hitter, went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the Rangers' 12-0 victory over the White Sox. Two of those hits came after he injured his finger sliding into second base.
"When I tagged up at first and went to second, I just went in hard," Adduci said. "I didn't think it was that serious. I just thought it was a regular jammed finger … when I woke up this morning it was swollen pretty bad."
For the season, Adduci is hitting .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles -- almost all in pinch-hit or late-inning sub situations. The Rangers expect him to miss about four weeks.
The Rangers called up 20-year-old infielder Luis Sardinas from Double-A Frisco to take Adduci's place on the roster. Sardinas was hitting .226 (12-for-53) in 13 games with the RoughRiders and said he was surprised to get the promotion.
"It's a big thing for me and my family," Sardinas said.
Sardinas is unlikely to be with the club long, as Adrian Beltre will be eligible to come off the disabled list in less than a week, but manager Ron Washington said he'll try to use Sardinas when the situation presents itself.
"He's a switch-hitter [who] can run," Washington said. "I hope I get an opportunity to get him out there."
Washington doesn't expect replay changes
ARLINGTON -- Five days after being ejected for arguing an instant replay call, Rangers manager Ron Washington said his understanding is that the interpretation of the "transfer rule" won't be changed any time soon.
"I've got this letter and it didn't say anything in it about adjusting anything," Washington said, waving a document printed on Major League Baseball letterhead. "The letter said we've got to teach infielders not to be too quick and we've got to teach infielders not to be too careless."
Washington, among others, had previously expressed his disagreement with the rule, which requires a fielder to maintain control of the ball throughout the transfer from his glove to his throwing hand, even if that transfer doesn't happen in the immediate instant after the catch.
Washington said MLB is keeping teams up to date on developments related to the instant replay system, which debuted this season.
MLB's memo was "a general letter of how the review system has been working and adjustments that have to be made both with them and with us -- us means from our general manager down to the players," Washington said. "They did tell us, once a month we'll get a review on how things are going and the direction that it's moving in and the adjustments that probably have to be made."
Washington said in general, he's content with the replay system. And the manager who once paid a $200 fine in pennies also joked that his career would be over if he got fined again.
"I'm not questioning the review rule," he said. "I'd probably get sent home if I sent pennies in that amount."
• Rangers lefty Matt Harrison made another rehab start Saturday, throwing eight scoreless innings, scattering three hits and walking one. He struck out five batters and threw 86 pitches, 54 of them strikes.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.