Wednesday One of the Darkest in Rangers History

There's Oct. 27, 2011.

That, folks, is the darkest day in Texas Rangers franchise history, the day they saw a World Series title slip out of their fingers as they were one strike away from a world title twice and blew one of the all-time great moments in World Series history that was Josh Hamilton's go-ahead home run in the 10th inning in a clinching game.

After that, Wednesday might qualify as the worst day in Rangers history.

In the afternoon, the club learned they would be without Matt Harrison and Martin Perez — their Nos. 2 and 3 starters — most likely for the rest of the season. In Harrison's case, his career could be over two years after they gave him a 5-year, $55 million deal. Since he signed that deal, he's made six starts. He might never make another one.

Perez, the 22-year-old lefty who tossed two straight shutouts last month, and appeared to be on his way to being one of the best young starters in the game, will most likely need Tommy John surgery as he suffered a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. If he opts for surgery instead of rehab now, he'll be out until midseason next year. Or, he could try to rehab, fail and miss all of this and next year.

As if those two catastrophic losses weren't enough, the Rangers blew a four-run lead to the worst team in baseball and lost a series to Houston for the first time since 2008 to fall below .500 with a quarter-season in their rear-view mirror.

Remember May 14, 2014, folks. It could be the day this season came to an end. And yes, other than that awful fall night a few years back, it's the worst day in club history.

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