Around The Minors: Rangers Affiliate News
The Hickory Crawdads are crushing home runs at a torrid pace. In 31 games, they’ve hit 52 baseballs out of the park. It’s fun to see a lineup that boasts names like Gallo, Brinson, and Alfaro doing this kind of work. Ronald Guzman will be added back to the roster off of the DL probably close to the end of the month and will look to contribute as well. Reminder about Guzman: he is slated to be the primary first baseman for the Crawdads upon his return. Keep an eye on Hickory; they’re extremely fun to watch this season.
Cody Buckel has been sent back to Surprise, Arizona to participate in extended Spring Training. He has not had a successful 2013 with the Riders. He had been bounced from the starting rotation to the bullpen and just couldn’t get things figured out from a mental or mechanical standpoint. The Rangers and Riders hope to see him rebound in the controlled environment of Surprise and get back on track.
Two Rangers are making rehab starts this week with Frisco and Round Rock. Martin Perez started in Frisco yesterday after getting his fractured wrist healed up. Perez’s final line: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 53 pitches, 34 strikes. He was the initial candidate to take over for Colby Lewis in rotation, but that spot went to Nicholas Tepesch. Speaking of Lewis, he is slated to start for Round Rock on Wednesday in Las Vegas. His last extended spring start was 27 pitches over 2 innings and he said he was feeling fine and ready for his rehab assignments.