New Rangers reliever, and two other things.

The Rangers have placed lefthander Kason Gabbard on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.  To replace Gabbard place on the roster, the club has recalled righthander Warner Madrigal from Oklahoma, where the 24-year-old had a 3.98 ERA with four saves in five opportunities (20 hits, eight walks, and 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings) after posting a 1.72 ERA with 10 saves in 11 opportunities for Frisco (11 hits, eight walks, 18 strikeouts in 15.2 innings).  

This obviously means righthander Luis Mendoza is moving into the rotation to replace Gabbard, and Madrigal steps into the bullpen, where he could get some high-leverage assignments before long.

For more on Madrigal’s fascinating background and the manner in which Texas stole him from the Angels’ organization, check my November 18 report (http://newberg.mlblogs.com/archives/2007/11/the_newberg_rep_8.html).

Also, a clarification on Brandon McCarthy’s status:

Evan Grant wrote this in Wednesday’s Dallas Morning News Q&A: “McCarthy threw off a mound in Arizona on Monday for the first time since early April.”

Jennifer Floyd Engel had this note in this morning’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “McCarthy is a painfully slow healer, as evidenced by his latest setback in which he is once again off the mound in Arizona.”

Evan Grant provided this update on the Dallas Morning News “Seamheads” blog this afternoon: “No truth to any setback rumors.  Here’s the full text of the email I received from one Jon Daniels explaining McCarthy’s current situation: ‘No setback on McCarthy — he threw yesterday & is throwing off mound again today.  Including breaking balls now.'”

Excellent.  Not sure where Engel got her information, but it’s apparently wrong.

Finally, a quick cheat sheet on Chris Davis’s and Max Ramirez’s fielding history, because some stories are getting it wrong:

Chris Davis, who was drafted by the Yankees (2004, round 50), Angels (2005, round 35), and Rangers (2006, round 5), was a third baseman, first baseman, and closer as an amateur.

He played left field, first base, and right field (in that order of frequency) in 2006, his first year of pro ball.  No third base.

He played third base and nothing else in 2007.

He has played first base and nothing else in 2008.

Max Ramirez was signed out of Venezuela by Atlanta as a catcher whom the Braves envisioned as a third baseman.

Defensively, he played third base and nothing else in 2004.

He played catcher and nothing else in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

He has played both catcher and, for the first time, first base in 2008.

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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