Player Notes - Texas and Minnesota
Texas
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Derek HollandSPRangers pitcher Derek Holland (knee) will be activated from the disabled list after his next rehab start Thursday, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.He was scratched from his last start Saturday, but he's ready to pitch Thursday. Holland had microfracture knee surgery in January and has missed the entire season. He's recorded a 4.30 ERA and 22 Ks over 14 2/3 innings during his rehab assignment after going 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 189 Ks in 213 innings last season.8/25/2014 8:51:00 PM
Shin-Soo ChooLFRangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will miss the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his left elbow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.Choo will need surgery for the issue, which he has been dealing with since spring training. In the first year of a seven-year, $130 million contract, Choo hit just .242 with 13 homers, 40 RBI, 58 runs, three steals, 131 Ks and a .714 OPS in 123 games.8/25/2014 7:48:00 PM
Yu DarvishSPRangers GM Jon Daniels indicated Monday that Yu Darvish (elbow) is unlikely to pitch again this season, according to the Dallas Morning NewsThe Rangers are 50-79 and have no reason to take a risk with Darvish, who is signed through 2017. "With everything else we've dealt with and how important he is, we've said once he's completely asymptomatic and the doctor clears him, we'd get another scan and then if everything is clear, we'd get him back pitching," Daniels said. "By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don't know that it will allow him to pitch again. ... It doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there." 8/25/2014 5:08:00 PM
Adrian Beltre3BRangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is a career .133 hitter (4-for-30) against Royals starter Jason Vargas.Add in Vargas has been pitching "lights out" and Beltre will have his work cut out for him. Beltre has a .323 average, 17 homers, 65 RBI, 64 runs and an .879 OPS, but he isn't likely to reach the 30-HR plateau that we have come to expect.8/24/2014 11:13:00 AM
Yu DarvishSPRangers pitcher Yu Darvish (elbow) has not resumed throwing and will not return from the disabled list on Monday according to Fox Sports Southwest.Darvish is eligible to return from the DL on August 25 when Texas begins its 10-game road trip in Seattle, but that will not happen. There is no timetable for his return and with the Rangers out of the race, perhaps he is done for the season.8/23/2014 6:35:00 PM
Scott BakerSPRangers RHP Scott Baker will start on Sunday according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.Baker told the Rangers he could go 75 pitches. He still a poor fantasy choice with a 5.75 ERA over 61 innings this season.8/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
HotLeonys MartinCFRangers center fielder Leonys Martin went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a steal Wednesday at Miami.Martin has gone 15-for-30 (.500) in his last eight games, but with just one extra-base hit, one RBI and three runs during that span.8/20/2014 8:22:00 PM
Alex RiosRFRangers right fielder Alex Rios (thumb) is in the lineup Wednesday afternoon.Rios was scratched from the lineup Tuesday to rest a lingering right thumb injury.8/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Yu DarvishSPAccording to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers starter Yu Darvish (elbow) is not expected to return on Aug. 25.When Darvish was placed on the DL, manager Ron Washington said he expected the right-hander to return when first eligible. Now, he said he's "backing off" the idea of Darvish being back for Aug. 25. "I'm not really thinking about the 25th," Washington said. "I just don't know what's going to be. I don't know what’s going to happen there."8/19/2014 8:13:00 PM
Alex RiosRFRangers right fielder Alex Rios has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a bruised right thumb.According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the issue has been lingering for Rios. He wasn't able to take batting practice Tuesday.8/19/2014 6:38:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
ColdKyle GibsonSPTwins starter Kyle Gibson allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Sunday against the Tigers.Gibson has thrown at least six innings while allowing one run or less 11 times this season, but he's also given up five runs or more 10 times.8/24/2014 7:15:00 PM
ColdBrian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. The only good news is the one hit was a home run.Dozier has struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .202 with two homers in 142 plate appearances. He did most of his damage from April to June (15 of his 20 HR) and should not be started Sunday.8/24/2014 11:02:00 AM
HotJoe Mauer1BMinnesota first baseman Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, two walks and two runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.Mauer has gone 15-for-42 (.357) with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 10 walks since he returned from an oblique strain on Aug. 11. His average is up to .281, the highest it's been since May 27.8/23/2014 4:44:00 PM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier has reached base eight times in the past two games.Dozier went 1-for-2 with a double, one RBI, three walks and three runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He's struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .207 with two homers in 121 at-bats.8/23/2014 4:39:00 PM
HotKennys VargasDHTwins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.Vargas has batted .329 with seven doubles, four homers, 22 RBI and .919 OPS in 85 at-bats since he was called up.8/23/2014 4:36:00 PM
HotOswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, but he's expected to play in Game 2, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.Arcia spent most of the night in the hospital with his sick child. He has six homers, three doubles and 14 RBI over his last 10 games.8/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
HotJoe Mauer1BMinnesota first baseman Joe Mauer has batted .333 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, eight walks and five runs in 11 games since he returned from the disabled list. Mauer has his average up to .278 and his OPS to .732. He hit .300 or better seven times in the previous 10 seasons and has never batted below .287, but he'll need to bat nearly .360 in the final 35 games to hit .300 this season. He's 23-for-62 (.371) with four doubles, three homers and 12 walks in his career against Tigers starter Justin Verlander, so he could be a solid first base option Saturday.8/23/2014 11:22:00 AM
Trevor Plouffe3BMinnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, three RBI and four runs Friday against the Tigers.Plouffe has driven in a career-high 63 runs in 420 at-bats this season and he's tied for second in the AL with 34 doubles, but he's only hitting .245 with 10 homers and a .719 OPS.8/23/2014 9:55:00 AM
HotOswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia has blasted six homers in his last 10 games.Arcia has driven in 14 runs in that span. The 23-year-old suddenly has 14 homers, 40 RBI, 36 runs and a .764 OPS in 265 at-bats this season.8/23/2014 9:53:00 AM
HotDanny SantanaOF/SSThe Twins put 20 runs on the board against the Tigers Friday night, and leadoff hitter Danny Santana went 3-for-6 with a walk, a homer, four RBI and two runs.Santana has settled in as Minnesota's starting center fielder, but he also has eligibility at shortstop, which makes him extra valuable. He's hitting .319 with six homers, 32 RBI, 44 runs and 12 steals in 273 at-bats.8/23/2014 9:52:00 AM