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Friday newsletter time: Rangers (and media) await word on Corey Seager’s status

(AP photo/Lindsey Wasson)

 

Beat writers will be lining up outside the Rangers’ clubhouse door at 2:50 p.m. sharp today (or whenever it opens) to get the latest information on Corey Seager.

It won’t be that dramatic, but the biggest news with the Rangers is the status of their star shortstop after he felt his left hamstring grab Wednesday while running to first base following an RBI single in the second inning.

Seager was lifted from the game, causing panic across Rangers Nation, but manager Bruce Bochy and Seager both dispelled the notion of any serious injury.

“I’m fine,” said Seager, who was not scheduled to undergo any imaging.

The Rangers were off Thursday, though it’s a safe bet that someone on the training staff and maybe the coaching staff checked in with Seager. It’s conceivable that he might have gone to the ballpark for treatment or done some at his home.

The expectation is that he will not be in the lineup today in the opener of a three-game series against the Giants. He might miss more than one game, and the Rangers will be fine with that if that’s what it takes to keep him off the injured list.

Seager is leading the Rangers in slugging percentage (.472) and OPS (.832) and is tied for the team lead in homers (13). He has done most of his heavy lifting over the past month, including 11 home runs in May.

Obviously, the Rangers need him in the lineup as they continue their search for offensive consistency. They will have their hands full tonight against Giants ace Logan Webb. Michael Lorenzen will start for the Rangers.

All-Star voting kickoff

Third baseman Josh Jung and infielder Josh Smith are scheduled to stop by Hurtado Barbecue in Arlington around 11 a.m. today to help kick off the Rangers’ More Texas initiative to get fans to vote for the All-Star Game.

The Joshes will yuk it up with fans and diners, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Jung, who fancies himself a cook, takes a turn in the pit or slices up some meat trays.

Voting for the July 16 Midsummer Classic at Globe Life Field opened Wednesday, and Jung (designated hitter) and Smith (third base) are two of the nine Rangers on the ballot. Jung was one of four Rangers players voted last season as All-Star starters, along with Seager, second baseman Marcus Semien and catcher Jonah Heim.

The vote is in Phase 1, and the top two at each position advance to the final round.

For more details, including how to vote, click here.

Round Rock starters stumble

Triple A Round Rock split a Thursday doubleheader at Oklahoma City, with the two seven-inning games started by Jack Leiter and Johnny Cueto.

Neither did much to help the cause.

Leiter allowed four runs in three innings in the first game, with all four runs in the first inning. He issued six hits and walked three, which pushed his pitch count to 72.

Rain wiped out his scheduled start Tuesday after he had already warmed up at Oklahoma City, so he was pushed back to Thursday. A bit of an unusual situation for a prospect who is two months into only his third season as a professional.

Cueto started Game 2 but was pulled after 1 1/3 innings and seven runs. The 16-year veteran is the reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week after tossing six scoreless innings in his start last week.

The out clause on his minor-league contract arrived Saturday, but the Rangers and his agent agreed to two new outs in order for the Rangers to get a longer look at the 38-year-old.

 

 

Card of the Week

Yu Darvish came to the Rangers in January 2012 to great fanfare.

His introductory press conference was held in the Rangers Hall of Fame at the Ballpark in Arlington, and TV reporters dominated the questions from the English-speaking media.

The Japanese reporters got in their fair share.

Darvish’s answers seemed curt and did for a few years, but the right-hander loosened up over the years.

T.R. Sullivan captures the Darvish era in his latest Boys of Arlington entry, dedicated to the ace pitcher from Japan.

As has been the tradition since the first chapter, the Card of the Week is dedicated to Darvish and his 2020 Topps Chrome red refractor rookie card.

Darvish was the Rangers’ best pitcher in 2013 and 2014 after a decent rookie season. He had trouble with the A’s, for whatever reason.

He brought me the closest to covering a perfect game, missing by one out in the second game of the 2013 season. Marwin Gonzalez found Darvish’s five-hole and grounded a single through it and into center field.

He finished second in the Cy Young voting that season, losing distantly to Max Scherzer. Darvish matched the best finish by a Rangers pitcher in Cy Young balloting, joining Fergie Jenkins as a runner-up.

Darvish is still going, though he’s dealing with a hamstring injury. He turns 38 on Aug. 16.

Time flies.

Doggy video!

Vizslas are sweet dogs. This one was just trying to be polite. Enjoy.

Watch today’s video here.

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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