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Wednesday newsletter time: Doors open for Montgomery to sign … somewhere

(AP photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

 

If super agent Scott Boras was waiting for a key spring injury to take advantage of for one of his two big free-agent starting pitchers, he might have stumbled onto something Tuesday morning.

The Red Sox revealed that right-hander Lucas Giolito, who signed a two-year, $38 million deal over the offseason, has some elbow issues that will force him to start the season on the injured list and could lead to Tommy John surgery. If not Tommy John, he could have surgery for a bum flexor tendon.

Missing this season is a possibility, and that leave a gaping hole in a Boston rotation that Red Sox fans felt already had holes.

Because the Red Sox had been tied to left-hander Jordan Montgomery, the quick assumption was they would be all-in on him now. Maybe they will be. Maybe they will switch to the other big remaining Boras free agent, Blake Snell.

Or maybe the Red Sox punt. They already were thin on starters and will still be thin with Montgomery or Snell. Plus, a right-hander might be a better fit with all those big right-handed bats in the American League East and that short Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park.

Another club has some injury concerns. The Giants have seen two young candidates to fill their rotation felled recently, leaving them with Logan Webb, Jordan Hicks, Kyle Harrison, and Keaton Winn. Hicks, by the way, is transitioning from high-leverage reliever to starter.

Robbie Ray is expected back at some point this season, but it might be too late to make s difference.

As pitcher-friendly as Oracle Park is, Montgomery and Snell would be fits. Snell, who is from Seattle and won the Cy Young last season with San Diego, would probably be happy to stay on the West Coast. Montgomery doesn’t seem like a fit for San Francisco, and he’s probably not too keen on the idea of paying state income tax.

If we’re being honest here, the Rangers are only an injury away from being in a similar spot. The Rangers need to keep checking in on Montgomery, one of the heroes of their World Series run, 2025 TV deal or not.

Something has got to shake loose soon. Right?

50/50

A key opportunity Tuesday didn’t go as well as planned for two young right-handers hoping to establish themselves as big-league options, but Evan Carter had himself a day.

Carter started the game against the Mariners with a home run and connected for a grand slam in the second inning, but Owen White and Cole Winn couldn’t handle prosperity. White allowed two runs after the Rangers’ two-run first and another run in the third after Carter’s grand slam.

Winn surrendered four runs in the fourth. He walked the first two batters and then issued an RBI single to Julio Rodriguez. Mitch Garver followed with a three-run homer. From there, though, Winn retired six in a row, striking out four.

The Rangers ended up winning 10-9 thanks to a Davis Wendzel RBI single in the ninth after two scoreless innings by Jose Corniell in his Cactus League debut.

Before the game, the Rangers optioned outfielder Dustin Harris and reassigned first baseman Abi Ortiz, outfielder Aaron Zavala and catchers Liam Hicks and Matt Whatley to minor-league camp, which opened Monday. Intrasquad games begin Thursday.

Getting closer

Third baseman Josh Jung took live batting practice for the first time since straining his left calf, a sign that he is moving closer to playing in a Cactus League games.

There’s on major thing holding him back, though.

“He’s can’t run,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

Some would say Jung couldn’t run before the injury (rimshot, please). Bochy said that that Jung is doing some light jogging and isn’t all that far away from being ready for a game.

Bochy again said that he’s hopeful that shortstop Corey Seager will be ready for Opening Day and possibly get him some at-bats late in spring. The AL MVP runner-up caught the flu not long ago and was slowed a few days.

 

Something for all

The fine people at Fanatics unveiled their spring clothing drop for women, and there’s some stuff that Mrs. Rangers Today said is “cute” and “fun.” She’s on top of fashion trends and thought it might be a good idea to put a link in the newsletter.

So, here it is.

Fellas, don’t mess this up.

Our pals at In the Clutch Apparel still have a hefty dose of Rangers-related t-shirts for men and the ladies. Mrs. Rangers Today has a couple of them. Check out this cool one here. If you want anything from In the Clutch, enter RANGERSTODAY at check out for a discount.

Also still available is some Rangers Today handywork from last season. At Long Last is a commemorative look back at the Rangers’ World Series run. For those who don’t have it, it’s available here, here and here.

Doggy video!

Me, the day after my first workout in a week. Enjoy.

 

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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