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Rotation has Become Quite a Mess

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    NEWSLETTERS

    First, it was Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz starting the season on the disabled list after elbow surgeries last summer, and it's unsure when either will return this year, even though Lewis is already out on a rehab assignment.

    Then, the Rangers' opening day starter Matt Harrison made two bad starts to open the season before landing on the DL with a back injury and eventually needing surgery to repair it, putting him on the shelf until most likely some point in August.

    Then Alexi Ogando went on the DL with what is thought to be a pretty minor arm deal, which required Josh Lindblom to start Monday's series opener with the A's, a game that ended pretty poorly for Lindblom and the Rangers.

    Now, Nick Tepesch is being scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday afternoon with a blister on his finger and is expected to start a few days out instead, meaning the Rangers had to call up career minor-league journeyman Ross Wolf to start Wednesday's game.

    Who?

    Wolf has a 1-0 record with a 1.85 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock this season. He's been in the pros since 2002, but the 30-year-old has only pitched in 25 big-league games — 14 in 2007 with the Marlins and 11 in 2010 with the A's — all in a relief role.

    With Wolf standing between the A's and a three-game sweep, it could be a long day for the Rangers.