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Thursday newsletter time: Bochy sizes up latest Rangers loss: ‘It was ugly’

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

 

Bruce Bochy usually doesn’t mince his words, and he had no reason to do so Wednesday night.

“When you have a game like this, you really do have to flush it because it was ugly,” the Rangers manager said. “There’s no way around it.”

The Rangers did little well in an 11-4 loss to the Phillies, the Rangers’ ninth defeat in their past 11 games. They committed four errors that led to four unearned runs, and two relievers allowed four inherited runners to score.

The offense was actually a strength, and the return of Dane Dunning should have gone better than it did.

The Rangers slipped another game below .500 and hit the 50-game mark at 24-26. They aren’t dead yet, thanks mostly to a mediocre American League West, but they definitely need an IV.

“We’re better than this. We talked about it a little bit,” Bochy said. “The only thing I know is to work hard, just keep pushing here and keep reminding them, hey, they’re really good.”

While the Rangers are missing 12 players, including third baseman Josh Jung and right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Josh Sborz, the injuries aren’t solely behind the Rangers’ woes. The injuries have thrust some young relievers into action and put a heavier load on the wildly inconsistent Jonathan Hernandez.

Leody Taveras and Corey Seager homered for the Rangers, and Adolis Garcia doubled in his return to the lineup. The timely hit is missing, as are homers with runners on base.

But simple things like catching the ball and making pitches were absent Wednesday.

Roster trouble lurking

The Rangers were able to get through Wednesday by using only three relievers, all of them lower-leverage relievers. Two of them, Yerry Rodriguez and Grant Anderson, have options should the Rangers decide they need a fresh arm.

The Rangers don’t have many options to replace them. It might be time for Adrian Sampson or to see what Johnny Cueto has left.

To do that, though, would require a 40-man roster move, and it’s not impossible to find a spot. A lot of fans have been calling for Hernandez to be designated for assignment, which would create one.

The Rangers could move Cody Bradford to the 60-day injured list. They moved Austin Pruitt there Tuesday to create a spot for Derek Hill.

Bradford would make nine players on the 60-day IL. They would all have to come back to the 40-man roster once they are ready to go. They are all expected to be active players this season.

That means nine players currently on the 40-man would have to be removed.

Yikes.

The easiest way is via a DFA. Trades can create spots, as well. The process is going to create a headache for the front office.

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Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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