Texas Rangers

April 19, 2014

Rangers notes: Add Adduci to growing list of injuries

Jim Adduci had a career-high three hits Friday, including two after fracturing his left pinky.

Outfielder Jim Adduci was feeling so good at the plate Friday night that he failed to realize he’d broken his left pinky early in the game.

Adduci was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

He was injured sliding into second base in the third inning Friday, but he finished the game, figuring he’d just jammed his finger, and had a career-high three hits.

“Even after the game it was like it’s still jammed, but then I woke today and it was swelled up,” said Adduci, who is batting .462 in nine games.

The Rangers now have 10 players on the disabled list. Infielder Luis Sardinas was called up from Double A Frisco. Rangers manager Ron Washington said it’s a tribute to the organization’s depth that the hits to the roster haven’t severely crippled his team.

“So far our depth has shown up and been able to keep us moving forward,” he said. “I think our organization and the players that have been having to step into some of these situations deserve a lot of credit, because we could be in that ‘woe us’ situation, but then we control our attitude and that’s not our attitude.”

Adduci is expected to miss four weeks. Sardinas was hitting .226 in 13 games at Frisco.

“I didn’t even know he hurt it, and then he went on to get two more hits,” Washington said. “He might’ve broken it in his sleep.”

Ross keeps pace

Rangers left-hander Robbie Ross returns to the mound Sunday after earning his first career win as a starter Tuesday. Ross held Seattle scoreless in 7 2/3 innings. He attributed his success to working faster on the mound.

“Hopefully, I can do the same thing and try to work fast, go right at them and attack,” he said. “So just kind of getting that momentum and getting out of innings and keeping that steady pace.”

He’s allowed two earned runs in 18 innings entering his fourth start. He went at least five innings in his first two starts in which he didn’t figure in the decision.

In both those starts he threw more pitches than he did in his last start, despite throwing more than two additional innings.

“Obviously you want to go as long as you can as a starter and deep as you can in the game, he said. “[I’m] definitely feeling like it’s possible and also hopefully I can repeat it over and over again. It’s not going to be like that all the time. Sometimes it’s going to be easier than other days.”

Catch my drift

Washington said he feels no need to name one of his two catchers the everyday starter. Robinson Chirinos, who had a career-high three hits, including his second homer Friday, started his ninth game Saturday. J.P. Arencibia has struggled at the plate (.071 in nine games) but had two RBIs on groundouts Thursday.

“Never thought of it because I’ve got two catchers that are doing well,” Washington said. “It’s my job to keep them even keel, and I’m going to keep them even keel.”

Harrison sharp

Matt Harrison threw 86 pitches (54 strikes) in eight innings Saturday night for Double A Frisco. The club expected him to make another rehab start, most likely Thursday, but that could change after his performance Saturday. Harrison didn’t allow a run and struck out five. Harrison was originally scheduled to throw six innings or 95 pitches.

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