Tag:Andres Blanco
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Andrus out for weekend with wrist injury

By Matt Snyder

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will not be in the lineup when the Rangers face the Mets Saturday or Sunday. He injured his left wrist on a head-first slide during Friday night's game. Andrus still hasn't visited Rangers team doctor Keith Meister, though he doesn't feel the injury is anything to be concerned about long-term.

"I don't think it will take too long," Andrus said. "Maybe a few days and I'll be ready." (ESPN Dallas)

For now, expect Andrus to miss two to three games, but we'll know more once he's been examined.

The Rangers suffer a decent blow to the offense with Andrus out, as he's replaced in the starting lineup by Andres Blanco. Andrus is hitting .278 with 22 stolen bases and 45 runs scored. Blanco is hitting just .150 with a .209 on-base percentage. He only has one stolen base and two home runs in his entire career.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Rangers ask Blanco to learn OF, C

Blanco Andres Blanco has been told by the Rangers that he is no longer in their plans as an infielder.

Does that mean Blanco is on the way out of the organization?

Not quite. Blanco has been asked to learn to play the outfield and catcher's position in the Venezuelan winter leagues in an attempt to land a reserve role in that capacity, as BeisbolVenezolano.net reports (translation by Rotoworld).

Blanco spent three years both down on the farm and in the bigs with the Royals, debuting as a 20-year-old in 2004. He then saw no time in the bigs from 2006-07, spending the latter year with the Cubs. He earned a bench spot in Chicago for the 2009 season, hitting .252/.303/.341 in 138 plate appearances. However, he was sent to the Rangers just before spring training after he did not claim a spot on the Cubs' bench.

For Texas, he had 185 PA and slashed .277/.330/.349, playing 40 games at second, 16 at short and nine at third. Blanco was less than impressive defensively, prompting the switch to the outfield and catcher. While Blanco should be able to transition to an outfield role well enough, asking him to catch in a possible backup role seems like a major stretch. It's possible Texas may view him as a long-term bench outfielder and simply wants him to catch enough to fill the emergency role, which tends to go to the player with the most recent catching experience, even if decades ago.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 3:46 am
 

Rangers open to adding 2B

Jon Daniels
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has had a great year, putting together a first-place team and then adding to it with Cliff Lee and Jorge Cantu despite financial constraints.

Well, Daniels might not be done. He indicated to the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that the groin strain suffered by All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler is going to keep him out until "mid- to late-August," and he's open to another trade to make sure the Rangers are covered at second.

Cantu, acquired from Florida on Thursday, has played second, but not with any regularity since 2006. The Rangers want him to stick with first base.

"We're still open-minded," Daniels said. "I think we can be a little more selective now. I don't think we have to do anything else. But if we can improve the club without cutting into our core, we'd be open to that. I don't think you are ever done."

The Rangers are currently playing Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco at second. There are a few players thought to be available who can play second, including Dan Uggla (although he's still owed about $2.6 million, and you'd think he would have been packaged with Cantu if Texas was interested), Ty Wigginton and possibly Adam Kennedy and Ryan Theriot.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 4:07 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 4:52 pm
 

Astros catcher Quintero hit in head

The Houston Chronicle has a few details on a scary moment at Minute Maid Park, where Astros catcher Humberto Quintero left the game Sunday after a "severe blow" to the head. Quintero was struck on the follow-through of a swing by the Rangers' Andres Blanco in the fourth inning.

The bat hit Quintero on the helmet and caused a cut. He left under his own power.

Quintero is the Astros' starting catcher, and the only other catcher on the active roster is Kevin Cash. The Astros might need to make a 40-man roster move if Quintero is forced to miss time, because the third catcher on the 40-man is Opening Day catcher J.R. Towles. Towles was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after a bad start, and hasn't played since suffering a broken thumb on a headfirst slide May 13.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that Quintero received seven stitches to close a gash on the right side of his head. He went for X-rays, but the team said he did not show signs of a concussion.

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