Jun 142012
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Koji Uehara to DL, for the Rangers the future is Grimm

The Grimm puns are going to get old real fast.

The injury bug for Texas Rangers pitchers is spreading like wild fire. Right-handed reliever Koji Uehara is the latest name placed in the disabled list log.

Uehara will miss an unspecified amount of time due to a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle—the very spelling of which angers my computer greatly.

The Texas Rangers have promoted right-hander Justin Grimm from Double-A Frisco and have slated him to start this Saturday against the Houston Astros.

Grimm was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the thirteenth round of 2007, but declined in order to attend the University of Georgia. The Rangers selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.

There was rampant speculation that left-hander Robbie Ross (6-0, 1.30 ERA) might be the man that Ron Washington would turn to for a spot start this Saturday. Washington has repeatedly stated that Ross will stay right where he is, which is the bullpen.

Now that Uehara—a right-hander that is especially effective against lefties—is on the DL, the Grimm promotion makes more sense.

Grimm is in the midst of a spectacular season with the Frisco Roughriders. He’s 8-3, with a 1.87 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and averages 7.8 K/9.

Over 38 games in the minor leagues, Grimm has never appeared in relief; thus it likely means that recently promoted Michael Kirkman, will work primarily out of the bullpen and can also be available for a spot-start if necessary.

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