The Rockies expect big things from Nolan Arenado. But can he put it all together at the plate?
Tommy Hanson gave up two runs on three consecutive extra-base hits in the first inning before settling down, but Texas lost to a Rockies split-squad 8-2 on Wednesday.
A 23rd-round pick by Houston in the 1996 amateur draft, Oswalt pitched his first nine-plus seasons for the Astros and then played for Philadelphia, Texas and the Rockies.
The Cardinals added an outfield prospect to the 40-man roster, claiming Rafael Ortega on waivers from the Rangers. Texas claimed him from the Rockies a month earlier.
The Rangers selected current Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning, and now control his baseball rights.
Ortega played 42 games for Double-A Tulsa in the Texas League last season before sustaining a hairline fracture on his shin. The left-handed leadoff hitter batted .228 with one homer, 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
Cabrera didn’t pitch last season because of an injured left shoulder, and had surgery July 10. He was on the Rockies’ 60-day disabled list, and was transferred to the Rangers’ 60-day DL.
Josh Rutledge will be a valuable asset for the Rockies this year, and maybe even a star somewhere down the line.
The Rangers have returned Rule 5 draft pick Coty Woods to Colorado and gotten first baseman Chris McGuiness back from Cleveland.
Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson had consecutive two-out, two-run singles in an early outburst for Colorado, and the Rockies held on for a 11-7 victory Saturday that ended the Texas Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.
Roy Oswalt pitched efficiently into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and the Texas Rangers won their seventh straight, beating the slumping Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Friday night.
The veteran right-hander will make his debut for the Rangers at home against the Rockies after starting four minor league games since signing with Texas on May 29.