Doug Mathis (05)was driving back from AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City when he got the call. It was after midnight, but he had stayed at the stadium late Tuesday night after the RedHawks, the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, lost to Memphis.■ Kinsler relishes 'under the radar' role (ESPN.com)
It was a message from the big club -- turn that car around and get your stuff. We need you for Wednesday's game.
"That call is always so unexpected," Mathis said. "It's always so exciting. You just never expect to hear that, no matter how many times you've heard it before."
The Rangers announced before Wednesday's game against the Yankees that they had called up Mathis to join their bullpen and optioned reliever Warner Madrigal to Oklahoma City. Right-hander Willie Eyre was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to clear room for Mathis on the 40-man roster.
Mathis, a righty, had been the RedHawks' best starting pitcher this season, going 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 10 starts, including two complete games. He pitched in eight games with Texas last season, including four starts, going 2-1 with a 6.85 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.
His path to the majors wasn't as arduous as some; rather, Ian Kinsler (03) says, his high school and college teams were the tougher test.■ In the first, Pill's RBI single drove in leadoff man Brock Bond (06-07), who singled and hustled to second on an error. Bond has been an on-base machine, reaching base seven times in his last nine at-bats. (TheDay.com)
"I always knew I'd get a chance and get drafted, but I basically had to prove myself to put myself on the map," he says. "I think that almost worked to my benefit, flying under the radar a little bit."
■ Reliever Andy Shipman (03), who was waived by Kansas City last week, was getting a physical on Tuesday and is expected to replace Pecci on the roster of the Gary SouthShore RailCats. (Post-Trib.com)
■ There are a quartet of pitchers in A-ball making names for themselves. Leading the charge for Delmarva is Rick Zagone (06-07), who has absolutely dominated (except for last night) the Sally League. Last week he threw seven innings with six strikeouts and just two walks, numbers very indicative of his overall performance: 53.2 IP, 20 BB, 54 K, 3 HR, 2.43 GO/AO, .206 BAA. This comes on the heels of an equally dominating performance last year in the New York-Penn League (79 K, 14 BB in 65.1 IP). (thelosscolumn.com)
■ Tough Night on the Farm (masn.com)
Kannapolis routed Delmarva 10-3. Starter Rick Zagone gave up six hits and nine earned runs in just two innings. Zagone had given up 11ER all year and tonight gave up nine as his ERA rose from 1.92 to 3.35.
■ 1B Hunter Mense (04-06)could use some time off. He has only six hits in his last 40 plate appearances for a .150 average. (milb.com)