A few for the morning

Still getting the hang of the new place, but it seems to be working pretty well. The plan is to have a full slate of posts starting next week.  Right now, I am in the process of moving my office at the ballpark to the radio booth full time.  I figured that since I spend most of my time out there, might as well make it permanent.


I missed a former Rattler on the roster of a playoff team.  But, that is only because he was activated yesterday after the post went up on the blog. (I like that excuse. I may need to use it again at some point in the future.)

Mark Lowe (’05) came off the 60-Day DL yesterday and faced the Mariners…which is a little weird…but, this entry on Buster Olney’s twitter feed caught my eye.

Scouts raving
about the Rangers’ Mark Lowe, who made his first outing since May and
was clocked 94-95. Could be a factor in october.

The Dallas Morning-News is a little bit more…subdued.

The Rangers activated right-hander Mark Lowe from the 60-day disabled list, and he pitched one inning against the Mariners, allowing one hit and striking out two.

It was Lowe’s first appearance since May 2, as he underwent surgery on his lower back in June.

“It’s good to be around the team again,” Lowe said. “The only
thing I can do is go out and do my job and let the people that
make the decisions make the decisions.”

Lowe is expected to pitch Friday and Sunday, and the Rangers haven’t ruled him out as a playoff option.

“He’s got two more chances,” Washington said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Speaking of pitching, remember Leury Bonilla? He was a position player for the Rattlers in 2007 and picked up a save in a game at Fort Wayne…Don’t ask. It was an odd game.

Well, I missed this in the scramble and the downtime at the end of the season.  He played all nine positions in the final game of the regular season for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.

His box score line is pretty impressive, reading CF-LF-RF-2B-SS-3B-1B-C-P as he worked his way around the diamond.

Once he got to the mound in the ninth, he needed only 10 pitches to
close out Chattanooga and wrap up a comfortable 8-0 win for West Tenn.
He even collected a strikeout in the process, but that batter, Jamie
Pedroza, shouldn’t feel too bad. Bonilla actually has something of a
record as a strikeout pitcher, with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 career innings

Though others have accomplished the nine positions in nine innings feat
before Bonilla, he’ll be the last West Tenn Diamond Jaxx player to
accomplish the feat. For after Sunday’s game, the franchise announced it will be known as the Jackson Generals starting next spring.

He also homered and had a sacrifice fly in the game.

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