Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 6 Hrs
Tanner Scheppers pitched decently in a losing effort against the Reds on Friday, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings.
Scheppers racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. The 27-year-old right-hander is competing for a spot in the Rangers rotation, but is likely to wind up back in a setup role.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 13 Days
Tanner Scheppers (back) will throw two innings in Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Scheppers dealt with some back spasms early on in camp, but they're no longer an issue. The righty is technically competing both for a rotation spot and the closer job, but he's likely to wind up back in a setup role.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 20 Days
Tanner Scheppers (back) threw on flat ground Saturday.
Scheppers had been sidelined by back spasms, but they've subsided enough to allow him to return to throwing. He reported no complications from the throwing session, so he'll move on to a bullpen session Monday. The 27-year-old is considered to be in competition for the closer role, but he'll likely end up in a late-inning role similar to the one he filled last season.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 24 Days
Tanner Scheppers (back) has reported some improvement.
Scheppers was scratched from throwing Thursday due to back spasms, but he's expected to be cleared by team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Thursday. The 27-year-old has been mentioned as a possibility for the rotation, but he'll likely be pitching in the late innings for the Rangers again in 2014.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 25 Days
Tanner Scheppers was scratched from throwing Tuesday due to back spasms and is considered day-to-day.
It's not considered major, but the Rangers are playing it safe. Scheppers, 27, had a 1.88 ERA in 76 appearances last year and is a darkhorse for the team's closer role.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 3 Months
Tanner Scheppers is preparing to be a starter in spring training, according to Jeff WIlson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"He's interested in starting, but he's also interested in closing," Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. "Robbie [Ross] would be more likely." Texas appears content at this point to keep Scheppers in the bullpen, where he could compete to become Joe Nathan's successor next spring. Scheppers went 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA over 76 relief appearances this past season.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 7 Months
Tanner Scheppers earned his first career save by tossing two scoreless innings against the Angels on Tuesday.
Relax, Joe Nathan owners. Texas' 38-year-old closer had thrown in each of the previous two days, so the Rangers elected to let Scheppers finish the game. Scheppers entered the eighth inning with Texas clutching a 4-3 lead. Because the Rangers scored four runs in the top of the ninth, a save opportunity would not have been available to another pitcher.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 8 Months
Tanner Scheppers was unavailable Friday due to a bruise above his left eye and a headache.
The full extent of the injury isn't yet known, but Scheppers should be considered day-to-day. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 1.74 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 46 relief appearances this season.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 11 Months
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Saturday that Tanner Scheppers is his top setup man.
Scheppers has unofficially held the title for a while. The hard-thrower has yet to allow a run this season and holds a 1.11 WHIP and 7/4 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings. With Joakim Soria recently suffering a setback, Scheppers should handle the eighth inning for a while. "We've certainly been hoping that one day he steps up and takes charge, and he's stepping up," Washington said. "He's got a good arm and the key is he's throwing strikes."