The Texas Rangers aren't calling Yohander Mendez's demotion to High A Down East a form of punishment, but his violation of team rules late Monday convinced them that he needs a reboot to get back to the majors.
The Texas Rangers' starting pitchers are either at the bottom or near the bottom in many statistics this season, but things have been better of late. Mike Minor has had a hand in that, as he did Friday, and so has the offense.
Another Tommy John surgery is on tap for a Texas Rangers minor-league pitcher. This time it's Alex Speas, the club's second-round pick in 2016. The first-rounder that year, Cole Ragans, underwent the elbow operation a few months ago. The good news? Another prospect is on his way back.
The Texas Rangers have created a new plan for Yohander Mendez, who was kicked off the team Tuesday. The left-hander will start anew at High A Down East, but the Rangers insist this isn't another form of discipline.
The Rangers have won a season-best five consecutive games (longest current streak in the majors) as they open a three-game set against the Twins in Minnesota. The starting pitching and bullpen have been outstanding during the stretch and the offense has perked up a bit with the return of Elvis Andrus.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx threw six-plus stellar innings and rookie catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa threw out a base runner to end his first game behind the plate as the Rangers recorded their first three-game sweep and stretched their season-best win streak to five games.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the bullpen was lights-out again as the Rangers beat the Royals 3-2 Wednesday night to claim their first three-game sweep and extend their season-best win streak to five games.
The Rangers won their season-best fourth consecutive game Tuesday night behind Cole Hamels' seven strong innings. The Astros' 12-game win streak came to an end around the same time, which gives Texas the longest current win streak in the majors.
Cole Hamels held the Royals to one unearned run over seven nnings to earn the win and give the Rangers their first four-game win streak of 2018. Isiah Kiner-Falefa each had three hits and Delino DeShields' had a two-run double.
Rangers left-hander Yohander Mendez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock for violating team rules, according to general manager Jon Daniels. The violation doesn't involve the police or MLB rules. At least one other player is involved but the club did not say. Rougned Odor was scratched from Tuesday's lineup and manager Jeff Banister declined to say the moves were unrelated.
Bartolo Colon finally passes Juan Marichal and moves two wins closer to becoming Latin America's all-time wins leader. Adrian Beltre moved into a tie for 34th all-time with his 465th homer. Shin-Soo Choo stretched his on-base streak to 32 games. Delino DeShields keeps the defensive gems coming.
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus returned to the lineup after two months on the disabled list, June 18, 2018. His return has triggered an infield rotation to keep Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre on the field.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus returned from the disabled list and was in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Royals. Jurickson Profar, who filled in for Andrus, was starting at second base in place of Rougned Odor.
The Texas Rangers had a decision to make at second base upon the return of Elvis Andrus, and will stay with Rougned Odor rather than sliding Jurickson Profar from shortstop. The Rangers, though, now know what they have in Profar.