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The Sunday Read: 10 games on the road, five wins, at least 60 days on IL

(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

 

The Rangers are finally coming home.

They completed their 10-game road trip to Kansas City, Oakland and Colorado on Sunday with a 3-1 loss, with Jose Ureña on the mound and the Rangers unable to must offense against one of the worst teams in baseball.

They went 5-5 on the trip, which rates as a disappointment considering the Rangers were 5-2 entering the weekend. The continue hold their heads above .500, but, gosh, they missed a chance at Coors Field.

They opened the season knowing the first part of the season might look like it does. They were waiting for injured players to get healthy, only to see more players land on the injured list.

The count is at 13, most of them to the pitching staff but the biggest one to third baseman Josh Jung (broken right wrist). The Rangers put four players on the injured list on the just-completed road trip — outfielder Wyatt Langford and right-handers Nathan Eovaldi, Dane Dunning and Josh Sborz.

Eovaldi (groin) and Dunning (rotator cuff) aren’t supposed to be out long, and Langford should be back by the end of the month. Cody Bradford (rib) should be back in a few weeks, too. The Rangers will take their time with Sborz, who is on the Il for the second time in 2024 with a strained rotator cuff.

Their absences were felt on the road trip or will be felt on the upcoming six-game homestand, which begins Monday night. For instance, Ureña made two road starts in place of Eovaldi, the Rangers acquired Robbie Grossman with Langford, another right-handed hitter, not available and the team struggling against left-handers. With Sborz not available, some young relievers found themselves pitching in high-leverage situations.

Results? Kinda like the season so far. Kinda like how things could go the next few weeks.

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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  1. Monty W May 13, 2024

    Proud of Ureña for the way he’s stepped up and pitched in these starts.

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    1. Jeff Wilson May 13, 2024

      You’re the head of his fan club. I’m a charter member.

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      1. Monty W May 13, 2024

        I love that he came in on a minor league deal & worked hard to make the team. On a separate note, we’re coming up from Houston for the Tuesday game. If you find yourself in Section 122 and see a big guy wearing a Wright 23 Rangers jersey, say hi.

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