On Friday, the Rangers right-handed reliever will have season-ending ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow and will also have a procedure on his ulnar nerve. He will depart for rehabilitation in Surprise, Ariz. after the procedures.
"Hopefully, he will come back stronger and better," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "We would have supported him any way he wanted to go. Dr. [Keith] Meister and [head trainer Jamie Reed] laid it out for him and obviously at the end of the day it is his decision to make. He decided to do it Friday.
Almanzar was placed on the disabled list on May 1 because of right elbow inflammation. He missed half of the first month of the season because of two deaths in his family and did not perform well on the mound when he returned to the club.
In five innings this season, Almanzar posted a 14.40 ERA and struggled with his command. He went 7-3 with a 3.72 ERA for the Rangers in 2004.
"It's kind of a relief for him to know what it is and hopefully it will give him a chance to heal a lot of things," Showalter said. "He has the chance to be a pitcher again, hopefully next April or May."
Almanzar is the second major contributor to last season's bullpen to undergo season-ending surgery. Right-handed reliever Frank Francisco also had ligament transplant surgery last month.
Both experienced slow recoveries after pitching, which alerted the club of potential physical issues.
"You never assume anything, "Showalter said. "We realize how tough it is for them to do what they do. Not only performance-wise, but physically. That's why everybody in baseball is looking for bullpen help right now, with very few exceptions."
Buck shot!: "He is not only a great player. He is one of the greatest Rangers ever." -- Showalter on current Tigers catcher and former Rangers All-Star Ivan Rodriguez
Around the horn: Alfonso Soriano was named the AL Player of the Week (Stoked Soriano AL Player of the Week). ... The Rangers came into Monday's game leading the American League with a .987 fielding percentage. Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira have not made an error in the first 32 games of the season. ... The rehab for injured infielder Greg Colbrunn (wrist) has been stopped. He is still experiencing soreness in the area of his left forearm and is Arlington being evaluated. ... Jason Standridge allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings for the win for Triple-A Oklahoma on Sunday. He walked three batters and struck out four. Catcher Gerald Laird went 3-for-3. ... Double-A Frisco pitcher Wilfredo Rodriguez allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings for the loss Sunday. Jason Hart went 1-for-4 with a double.
Coming up: Chan Ho Park (3-1, 4.76) was consistent with his approach and command of his fastball for most of April and earned Rangers Player of the Month honors. The Rangers hope his command continues Tuesday against the Tigers in a game that starts at 7:05 p.m. CT.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.