Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 2 Days
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 4 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 5 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 8 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."
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 9 Months
Tanner Scheppers has won a spot in the Rangers' bullpen.
Scheppers shook off some early hamstring tightness to post a 4.00 ERA and 6/1 K/BB ratio over nine innings of work this spring. The 26-year-old will operate in middle relief, but could earn his way into the late innings before long.
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX 10 Months
Tanner Scheppers had surgery in October to address turf toe on his right foot.
It was a minor procedure and he shouldn't have any restrictions this spring. Scheppers posted a 4.45 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings with the Rangers last season and should compete for a spot in the bullpen this spring.