By Matt Snyder
Tommy Hunter was nearly ready to join the Rangers for the first time this season, and instead he's likely going to be unavailable for several more weeks.
The 24-year-old pitcher injured his right groin the day he was named a member of the Rangers' starting pitching rotation in spring training and was making his second rehab start Monday when he reaggravated the injury. He had thrown six innings and allowed no earned runs for Double-A Frisco before the issue. He will go to Arlington to have the injury examined by Rangers' team doctors. (Foul Territory )
Hunter was about to arrive on the scene with perfect timing for the Rangers. They've lost 10 of their last 14 games. Matt Harrison has fallen apart since a scorching start, though his last outing was a quality start. Alexi Ogando is throwing the ball really well, but he's battling blister issues -- which forced him to miss a scheduled start Sunday.
Had Hunter returned, he could have strengthened the rotation or bolstered a struggling bullpen still reeling from having lost Darren O'Day.
There's no telling just yet if Hunter severely injured his groin Monday or if it was a very slight setback.
Hunter was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.24 WHIP last season.
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