The One-Man Cavalry

A string of pitching injuries extending back well into last season has forced the Rangers to rely upon a collection of arms not previously expected to factor into their immediate plans.  Some, such as Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm, are prospects originally targeted to contribute primarily in future years.  While others, such as Josh Lindblom and Ross Wolf, are not really a significant part of the team’s long-term plans at all.
Yet despite this somewhat extended reliance on largely unproven starting pitchers, these relative-to-complete unknowns have by and large performed well.  The Rangers still have a sizable lead in their division (for this point in the season), and the aforementioned four comprising a “Mount RushWHO?” of starting pitchers have helped make that happen.

That being said, let’s face facts — if the Rangers have to dig much deeper down on the farm, it won’t be much longer before Arnold Ziffel is called up to the rotation to make an emergency spot start.  Which is why news that the first of their injured is about to return couldn’t come at a better time.

Martin Perez will ride back in to the Rangers’ starting rotation for the Memorial Day doubleheader against the Diamondbacks – an incredibly rare one-day road series (though less rare for this team, after their weather-induced return to Wrigley in early May) — appropriately set in the Wild West (at least for the forced horseback-themed narrative of this article).

Soon other members of the Texas pitching cavalry will return, such as Sheriff Colby Lewis, who’s already dusting off his badge in the form of rehab starts and bullpen sessions.  Further down the road a piece, Deputy Matt Harrison will have recovered enough to saddle up again.  And members of the posse, like Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz, will also eventually ride back into Arlington.

But for now, let’s all rejoice that one of the Rangers’ fastest guns is ready to draw down on the opposition once more, because the likes of Lindblom and Wolf probably don’t have enough ammo left to hold off those bandits from out West for much longer.  It’s time for the cavalry to ride to the rescue, starting with Martin Perez.

Bob Bland is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning. He can be reached at or on Twitter @SDIBob.
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