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Smolinski Hits the DL Because Why Not?

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    Hey, what would a week be without a Texas Rangers player going on the disabled list? That's what I like to say.

    Thankfully (not really), the Rangers were able to get someone else on the DL on Friday when they sent Jake Smolinski, of all people, to the disabled list after he fouled a ball off his foot last Monday. The X-rays on Smolinski's foot were negative, but the Rangers decided to take the cautious approach with the 25-year-old rookie who has been pretty spectacular in his brief swim through the big leagues.

    In Smolinski's 11 games with the Rangers, he's hitting .389 with no homers and five RBIs and set a Rangers rookie record collecting eight hits in his first four major-league games. He's also shown a flair for the dramatic in the field with some fantastic catches.

    Smolinski's DL stint became the 23rd time the Rangers have used the DL, which is far and away the highest total in the league. The move was made retroactive to July 22, which makes him eligible to return on Aug. 6 on the road against the Chicago White Sox.