ARLINGTON -- This is the time of year when the Rangers need to review the workload of their young pitchers. Left-hander Kolby Allard may be first on that list.
Allard, acquired from the Braves on July 30, has thrown 10 innings for the Rangers and 115 innings in the Minor Leagues. That’s five over the combined 120 innings he reached for the Braves in 2018, but short of the 150 he pitched in their system in 2017.
Allard has the potential to make as many as seven more starts for the Rangers if he stays in the rotation to the end of the season. The club isn't fretting his innings just yet.
“I don’t know ... probably,” manager Chris Woodward said before Thursday's series opener against the Twins. “Hopefully that’s the case where we have to consider that. We’ll obviously discuss that internally and see if we want to cap that. I would assume so. I am assuming we don’t want him to throw 180 innings.”
Left-hander Joe Palumbo, who is scheduled to pitch in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Angels, has thrown 82 2/3 innings between the Rangers and the Minor Leagues. He threw 45 1/3 innings last season after his return from Tommy John surgery. The 24-year-old and missed time this season with a strained left foot.
“Him being down for however long actually helps because now we can finally let him go without worrying about the max number of innings,” Woodward said.
The Rangers do not have to worry about right-hander Ariel Jurado, who threw 155 1/3 innings in 2018 and is only at 118 2/3 this season.
Mazara heading shoe drive
“This will be good to give back to the kids,” Mazara said. “There are a lot of poor kids who need a chance and for me to be able to do this is very important. When I was a kid, I wish someone would have given me a nice pair of shoes.”
Fans who bring one or more new pairs of athletic shoes will have the opportunity to meet Mazara. All donated shoes must be new. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes Youth 4 to Adult 9.
Cash donations are also accepted and will help purchase additional shoes. Buckner International will distribute the shoes to children in the Dominican Republic towns of Santo Domingo, Mazara’s hometown, as well as La Vega, the hometown of Nashville Sounds first baseman Ronald Guzman.
• Elvis Andrus had two stolen bases on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, giving him 25 for the season. He has 25-plus steals in eight straight seasons. The only active streak longer in the Major Leagues is Rajai Davis' nine. But he has played just four games in the big leagues this season.
• Edinson Volquez has pitched three scoreless innings over three appearances since being assigned to the Arizona Rookie League Rangers. He has allowed one hit and a walk while striking out one.
• Class A Down East catcher Sam Huff hit his 28th home run of the season on Wednesday. He has 13 at Down East along with 15 earlier at Class A Hickory. His 28 home runs are tied for the 10th most in the Minor Leagues this season.