Prince Fielder: He's batting .378 in his last 11 games, including 7-for-14 in his last four games. The Rangers desperately need Fielder to hit and he's starting to do so.
Shin-Soo Choo: He's become a regular in this column thanks to steady play and an ability to get on base. Choo had his 13-game road hitting streak snapped Wednesday, but it was the second-longest active streak in the league. Choo is tied for the lead in the hit-by-pitch category with six.
Nick Tepesch: The right-hander has pitched well in Triple-A and made a solid first start, allowing one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to Houston.
Martin Perez: The left-handed pitcher will likely need Tommy John surgery, which explains some of why he was struggling so much in his last start. It means he probably won't be ready to pitch for the Rangers again until midway through the 2015 season.
Matt Harrison: Injuries have crushed this starting rotation and that includes Harrison after just four starts. His back is acting up again and he may need spinal fusion surgery. Between Harrison and Perez, that's two-fifths of the rotation out just this week.
Playing with lead: The Rangers had a chance to salvage a series win and at least something positive from a rough Wednesday in Houston and couldn't do it. They weren't able to hold a 4-0 lead. With how inconsistent the offense has been, the club has to find a way to hang on to early leads.