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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Shouse going to Oklahoma 

The Rangers have sent Shouse to Oklahoma on a rehab assignment.

We're probably looking at about a week until Shouse is ready to return, which will set up an interesting dilemma...presumably, Ryan Snare would get sent back down, but Buck Showalter has an irrational fascination with Doug Brocail, and there are indications that Brocail may be called up in the next day or two, with Snare going back down. If Snare is already demoted, or if they decide to plug Snare in Colby Lewis's spot in the rotation, then do the Rangers send down Erasmo Ramirez, who has pitched well so far? Or do they go with three lefties in the pen and ship someone else out? Does Benoit, for example, get traded to Montreal or Milwaukee?

Given that Shouse and Lewis will both be coming off the D.L. before too long, and possibly Mickey Callaway, as well, it will be interesting to see how the bullpen gets shuffled...

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