John Wasdin makes an emergency start in place of Rogers for the Rangers as they try to halt the Angels’ seven-game winning streak.
Texas suffered a 13-3 loss in the series opener on Monday to fall 7 1/2 games behind first-place Los Angeles. The Rangers were within 1 1/2 games before being swept by the Angels in a three-game series in Anaheim last week.
Making matters worse was the announcement before the game that staff ace Rogers would miss Tuesday’s start and possibly at least one more start. The 40-year-old left-hander, who is enjoying one of his best seasons, broke a bone at the base of his right pinkie after smashing his hand on the water cooler after being removed from an outing against Washington on June 17.
“It’s an emotional game … most of the time you don’t break a small bone,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “The good news, it’s nothing serious enough to keep him out over an extended period of time.”
Wasdin, who will make his first start of the season after five relief appearances, has experience making spot starts. He filled in when Rogers had the flu on April 25, 2004 and gave up three runs and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in a 14-6 win over Seattle.
The veteran right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA against the Angels in 14 career appearances, including four starts. Wasdin went 2-4 with a 6.78 ERA for Texas last season in 15 appearances, including 10 starts.
The Angels increased their lead in the division Monday by matching a season high with a 20-hit attack. Juan Rivera had four hits and Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Kennedy each homered to support starter Bartolo Colon, who went eight strong innings for his 10th straight win over the Rangers.
Guerrero is batting .429 (18-for-42) with 10 RBIs in 10 games against Texas this season. He is batting .431 (50-for-116) in his career against the Rangers, hitting safely in all 28 games.
Texas lost for the seventh time in eight games despite Hank Blalock’s fifth career two-homer game.
Los Angeles starter Jarrod Washburn will seek a second straight win over Texas after allowing five hits over seven innings in a 6-0 victory last Wednesday. It was Washburn’s first victory since May 20 and first at home since July 15, 2004.
“It feels good to win anytime, whether it’s on the road or at home,” Washburn said. “But it’s been way too long since the last one here, so it definitely feels good—especially against that team.”
The southpaw is 2-3 with a 7.85 ERA at Ameriquest Field in eight career appearances, including seven starts. Washburn is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts against Texas this season.