Tommy Hunter Activated After Long DL Stint

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Tommy Hunter Rejoins Rangers; Dave Bush Designated For Assignment

At the end of spring training, Rangers rotation hopeful Tommy Hunter injured his groin. This did have the happy consequence of Alexi Ogando shifting to a starting role, where he has flourished. But the injury meant the Rangers were without a guy who was an important part of their pitching staff a year ago.

Hunter began rehabbing, but in May he re-injured his groin. This pushed his timetable back several more weeks.

Finally, though, Hunter is now back with the big league club. Jeff Wilson:

Rangers activate Tommy Hunter, designate Dave Bush for assignment.

Interestingly, Hunter will work out of the bullpen, at least for now, as there isn't an opening in the rotation. In recent relief appearances in the minors, Hunter's fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s. In all, as a starter and a reliever, Hunter threw 30-2/3 innings during his extended minor-league rehab stint, with four walks and 21 strikeouts. The Rangers will cross their fingers that he can help solidify what's been a problem relief unit.

As for Dave Bush, I'm sure Dave Bush is a nice man.


Tommy Hunter Has Groin Injury, Will Avoid Mound For 2-3 Weeks

Tommy Hunter has been on the disabled list since the spring on account of a strained groin. He only recently got to making rehab starts in the minors, but on Monday, he re-injured his groin, and after an examination, we've got a diagnosis:

Grade 1 groin strain for Rangers Tommy Hunter. Won't be on mound for 2 to 3 weeks.

I could sit here and tell you what this means for the Rangers, but honestly I might as well just rely on Lone Star Ball. Hit it, Adam Morris:

This is a big, big problem.  Hunter's return would have provided the Rangers with another option should Matt Harrison have continued to struggle, or allowed the Rangers to put Alexi Ogando into the pen where he could shore up the gaping chestwound which is the Texas 8th inning relief role. 

Now, the Rangers are going to have to roll with who they have, and hope that everyone in the rotation stays healthy and effective for at least another month.

Hunter's injury aggravation is undoubtedly a setback, and while it isn't a major one, it's a big one for a team that's currently in the midst of a considerable slump.


Tommy Hunter Re-Injures Groin In Rehab Appearance

Out since Spring Training with a groin injury, it looked like Texas Rangers starter Tommy Hunter was making real progress. Just a little while ago he began a rehab assignment, and on Monday he made his second rehab appearance, with an eye toward returning to the bigs later this month. But courtesy of Anthony Andro, we find out that things aren't going so hot:

A solid rehab start by the Rangers Tommy Hunter for Triple A Round Rock didn't end so well. Hunter tweaked his right groin on the last pitch he threw. He's heading back to Arlington to have it looked at.

There's no word on the severity, and this may well be something minor. But it's still a setback, and Hunter will have to take it easy for at least the next little while before pushing things again.

And so the Rangers will continue leaning on the starters they've got. C.J. Wilson and Alexi Ogando have been effective, but Ogando's been bothered by a blister, and behind them, the rotation's shown some cracks. The Rangers could certainly use a healthy Hunter, but a healthy Hunter they do not have and still won't for some time.


Tommy Hunter Ready For Rehab After Injury

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter has been out since spring training due to a strained groin. However, he threw his first bullpen session a couple weeks ago, he threw in an extended-spring game over the weekend, and now, after throwing a bullpen, he's been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Writes Jeff Wilson:

Tommy Hunter headed to Frisco for three- to four-inning start Wednesday. He threw a bullpen session this morning in Arizona.

Hunter will presumably make a few minor league starts before climbing his way back to the bigs. At this point, it appears he's going to return in May.

The big question for the Rangers is: who gets booted from the rotation to make room? C.J. Wilson has been effective. Alexi Ogando has been effective. Matt Harrison and Derek Holland have mostly been effective, and while the worst of the group has been Colby Lewis, he was also the best just last season. The pressure's on those latter three to save their jobs.


Tommy Hunter Working Back From Injury, Set To Throw Bullpen

Right after the Texas Rangers set their five-man starting rotation in spring training, Tommy Hunter went and sustained a fairly significant groin injury. Now, though, in the middle of April, there's good news on that front. Writes Calvin Watkins:

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Tommy Hunter (groin) said he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. Hunter, on the DL with a groin injury, hasn't pitched on a mound in nearly three weeks.

So this'll be Hunter's first throwing session from a mound since he originally got hurt. If all goes well, it shouldn't be long before Hunter reports to the minors to begin what might be a brief rehab stint.

The Rangers have made three turns through their rotation without Hunter to date, with the starters having posted a 2.93 ERA over 95.1 innings. With Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson locked in, and Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando all pitching well, Hunter's return could force Ron Washington to make a difficult decision.


Tommy Hunter Groin Injury Could Keep Rangers Pitcher Out Six Weeks

Last Thursday, the Texas Rangers officially set their starting rotation and sent stud closer Neftali Feliz back to the bullpen. So what was the last thing the Rangers needed? For a starting pitcher to get injured. But that's exactly what happened, as Tommy Hunter left his Thursday start with a groin strain and, according to Jeff Wilson, that groin strain could keep Hunter out of action for six weeks.

So it's a pretty serious groin strain. Hunter's going back to Texas for a platelet-rich plasma injection intended to accelerate the recovery. Hunter has previously missed ten weeks with a groin strain but says this one isn't as bad. Still, he's going to start the season on the disabled list for the third straight year and may not return until May.

For as long as Hunter's out, the Rangers are expected to give his starts to either Dave Bush or Michael Kirkman. Hunter has a career 4.45 ERA over 251 innings, and when he's able to come back the Rangers will look for him to eat innings from the middle of the rotation.

For more on Hunter and the Rangers, check out Lone Star Ball.

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