The Texas Rangers completed a three-game, 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rais on Wednesday, despite losing All-Star outfielder Adolis Garcia and pitcher John Gray to early injuries.
After the All-Star break, the Rangers start 6-0, beating the American League leaders East for only the second time this season. There was also another sweep from the Philadelphia Phillies this month.
Gray’s injury came first. The interruption turned out to be a great start for the 31-year-old. In 4 1/3 enticing innings, he didn’t allow a single try and hit four Rays in 63 fields.
Having given up eight hits, the Rangers were still leading 1–0 when he had to leave the mound in the fifth inning after taking a returning batting first baseman Ray Yandy Diaz to his bottom left foot.
Rangers personnel rushed to his aid and stayed on the field with him for several minutes until he was able to leave the field and was replaced by Brock Burke.
John Gray has a comeback again. He now stands by the mound with team coach Bruce Boci and Mike Maddox. Looks like he’s going to make a couple of warm-up pitches here. pic.twitter.com/3c0rnon0Hx
— Kennedy Landry (@kennlandry) July 19, 2023
Not long after, Garcia was hit by an eighth round submission and was forced off the field as well. A 30-year-old man attempted to use his elbow pads to block Kevin Kelly’s 89 mph speedboat from hitting his left arm. Like Gray, he was immediately appreciated by the Rangers staff and was eventually replaced by Josh Smith as running back.
After the game, Texas manager Bruce Bochi told reporters that X-rays of Garcia and Gray had come back negative, showing that both had only bruises.
“Caught him on the court but hit him really well,” Boci said of Garcia. “I think he will be fine, but it is day by day. He’s a little swollen.”
The manager gave the same assessment to Gray. “He hit a pretty good calf shot on a very high bike throw,” he said.
After Thursday’s off-day, the Rangers will start another three-game streak on Friday night against the Dodgers.