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May 21, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and line-ups vs. the Rangers

 

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 Updated 11:39 a.m.

Rangers have a line-up change with Luis Sardinas replacing Rougned Odor at second base. Also it appears Prince Fielder’s neck issue (herniated disk)  is worse than expected. He won’t make the trip to Detroit with the team and will see a specialist instead.

 

Updated 11:19 a.m. Mark Cuban standard time

James Paxton will throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Seattle and if all goes well, he’ll go to Tacoma for a rehab start on Sunday. The Rainiers are in town so that will be something people can watch.

Logan Morrison ran today and if he checks out on Thursday, he will go to Tacoma on Friday to begin his rehab stint.

Position players get 20 days for a rehab assignment. Pitchers get 30. McClendon said that Morrison would likely use all of that time. He’ll start with DH and then gradually work into playing the field. Based on a few queries: Yes, Morrison has minor league options left so the Mariners could option him to Tacoma after his rehab stint is over with.  But with the uncertainty surrounding the DH position, it seems more likely he’ll be back on the 25-man roster when healthy.

Seager is hitting fourth today, why? Well, it’s not just his superior numbers in Texas … Seager is hitting .358 with 14 doubles, six homers and 19 RBI in 29 games in Globe Life Park.

 

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“He just hits this guy a little better than Smoak does,” McClendon said. “If Smoaky hit him better, then he’d be hitting behind Robby.”

Not a huge sample size. But Seager is 4-for-7 against Tepesch.

From earlier

Lloyd McClendon mentioned yesterday there was a  possibility of giving Robinson Cano a “day off” by having him DH. He did so today. Cano will DH and Nick Franklin will play second base.

Not much else going on at the moment.

McClendon talks at 11 a.m. Tony Romo time.

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