The Rangers announced Thursday starting pitcher Cole Hamels has been pushed back a day to start Monday's series opener against the Astros. To fill his spot Sunday against the A's, the Rangers will start rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez had a rough night on Tuesday. Gonzalez dropped to 2-5 with his fifth straight loss after dropping a decision to Seattle. The Rangers then optioned Gonzalez to Triple-A after the game to open a roster spot for returning starter Derek Holland, per the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Gonzalez allowed three runs in seven innings in his best start since June 16. He struck out a season-high seven.
Sometimes a rookie pitcher will perform far better in his second stint in the bigs than he does in his first. But not Chi Chi Gonzalez. Not Thursday. Not against Minnesota. Gonzalez was demoted after a terrible run in late June and early July. He was brought back Thursday just in time to get battered by the Twins and fall victim to his own wildness. He surrendered five runs in five hits in 5 1/3 innings with five walks and four strikeouts. Only strong run offensive support prevented him from taking the defeat. He pitched decently after a horrible second inning in which he faced 10 batters. He allowed a solo home run to Trevor Plouffe, which proved to be the first of five consecutive hits. A run-scoring single by Eduardo Escobar and RBI doubles by Chris Herrmann and Shane Robinson eventually followed. Gonzalez has yielded 20 earned runs in his last 19 2/3 innings as his ERA has risen from 0.90 to 4.22.
As expected, the Rangers recalled starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to start against the Twins. To clear a roster spot, pitcher Nick Martinez was optioned to Round Rock.
The Rangers are expected to recall rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to start Thursday's game against the against the Twins. Gonzalez made his big-league debut earlier this season, going 2-4 with a 3.74 ERA over seven starts for the Rangers. Since being sent back down to Triple-A in early June, Gonzalez went 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts with Round Rock. He'll be filling in for Cole Hamels, who is dealing with a groin injury. It is not known if Gonzalez will be up for more than just the one start.