Julio Borbon Activated From DL, Optioned To AAA

Julio Borbon is all healthy again, but the Texas Rangers have decided to give him some time in AAA, sticking with veteran Endy Chavez for the time being.

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Julio Borbon Injury: Rangers Activate, Demote Speedy Outfielder

It was in the middle of May that speedy Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon sustained a hamstring injury that sent him to the disabled list. He wasn't expected to be out for long, and earlier this week he began a rehab assignment, meaning he wasn't far from being ready. Sure enough, on Friday Borbon was activated from the DL.

But his activation comes with an interesting twist. Via Jeff Wilson:

Julio Borbon has been reinstated from the DL and optioned to Round Rock.

So Borbon is back ... but he's back in AAA. The reason? The Rangers love what they've gotten from veteran Endy Chavez. Chavez has hit 45 times since taking Borbon's place on the roster, and over those 45 plate appearances, he's batted .415 with a remarkable (for him) six extra-base hits. Given Chavez's defense and his hot batting streak, the Rangers just can't make a switch.

Ultimately, Chavez will slow down. He has an entire career showing what he really is, and this isn't it. At that point, the inconsistent but talented Borbon will probably make his way back to the Majors. But for now, all aboard the Endy Chavez Express. Considering what Chavez has been through, this is a pretty neat story, even if the climax proves brief.

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Julio Borbon Hamstring Injury Requires DL Stint

On Friday night, Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon had to be removed from a game with a hamstring injury sustained while playing the field in the top of the seventh. An MRI didn't reveal a tear, but it did show inflammation in the muscle, so on Saturday the Rangers placed Borbon on the disabled list and recalled veteran Endy Chavez.

What this means is that the Rangers' entire starting outfield of Borbon, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Hamilton is currently disabled. Borbon had himself a rough April, with poor batting numbers and inconsistent defense, but he'd batted .353 over his previous 11 games, so the injury comes at a bad time.

Chavez has worked his way back after undergoing major knee surgery following an on-field collision in 2009. He didn't play much in 2010, but he's been healthy so far in 2011 and has batted .305 with AAA Round Rock. He owns a career Major League OPS of .679 and was known to be a spectacular defensive outfielder, and even though age and injury have presumably taken some toll on his range, he should make for a fine stopgap until the Rangers' usual regulars get healthy.

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