Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:59:36 -0700
The Texas Rangers are putting SP Tanner Scheppers (elbow, forearm) on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and forearm Friday, April 18, and recalled P Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move. Also, INF Andy Parrino was designated for assignment. Scheppers will not throw for 10 days. SP Nick Martinez is likely to start against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, April 22.
Fantasy Tip: Martinez has an average fastball and relies on control instead of overpowering hitters. He has improved his secondary offerings, as well. Nothing flashy here, but he could be a nice pickup in AL-only leagues.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:18:43 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the plan for now is to keep SP Tanner Scheppers in the starting rotation, despite another rough outing against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, April 17. One inning has cost him in three of his four starts this season, and 17 of the 20 runs he's allowed have come in three innings. SP Nick Martinez is a candidate to enter the rotation if the team makes a change. SPs Nick Tepesch and Scott Baker are other options in the minors.
Fantasy Tip: The experiment with Scheppers as a starter could soon be coming to an end. His outing next week will likely determine his fate. There are better options out there on the waiver wire in mixed leagues right now.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:54:23 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Tanner Scheppers allowed seven earned runs but took a no-decision against the Philadelphia Phillies on opening day Monday, March 31. His fastball was constantly being left up in the strike zone, and his two-seam fastball wasn't moving much.
Fantasy Tip: Nerves probably played a big part of Scheppers' day as he transitions into a starting pitcher for the first time. As he continues to be stretched out, expect more bumps and bruises along the road. In a mixed league, he's strictly a matchup play.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:03:02 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Tanner Scheppers, tabbed as the team's opening day starter, will work just one inning in his final spring tune-up Thursday, March 27, against Quintana Roo of the Mexican League in an exhibition game in Arlington. Ps Pedro Figueroa, Justin Germano, Martin Perez and Shawn Tolleson are also expected to pitch.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:47:16 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (neck) has no structural damage in his neck after being examined by Dr. Drew Dossett Wednesday, March 26. Darvish will resume throwing Saturday, March 29, but he will not start opening day. Instead, SP Tanner Scheppers will start against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday.
Fantasy Tip: Darvish's owners can breathe a small sigh of relief. He's not completely out of the woods yet, though, and he could still need to start the season on the DL and miss a start.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:18:31 -0700
The Texas Rangers have brought P Daniel McCutchen up to the big league camp Tuesday, March 25, with a chance to make the team as a middle reliever. He is in camp because the team has moved Ps Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross to the rotation, and they might have P Alexi Ogando there as well if SP Yu Darvish (neck) starts on the 15-day disabled list.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:35:05 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (hip) won't be on the active roster for opening day. SPs Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Saunders figure to round out the starting rotation, and SP Robbie Ross could also be an option.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:54:48 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that RP Joakim Soria will be the team's closer.
Fantasy Tip: Tanner Scheppers and Neftali Feliz were among the other candidates for the job, but Scheppers was named as the team's No. 3 starter Saturday, while Feliz will continue to battle for one of the final three spots in the bullpen. Soria should be picked up in all leagues if he's available, while RP Alexi Ogando is likely to earn saves on days when Soria is unavailable to close. Feliz can be dropped for now, until his velocity returns and he proves that he can regain his old form.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:35:58 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that P Tanner Scheppers has earned a spot in the team's starting rotation. He has posted a 2.08 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP this spring and opposing hitters are only hitting .208 against him.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:26:52 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando could wind up earning the long-relief role out of the bullpen, because he isn't doing much to secure a starting rotation job this spring. He allowed five runs in three innings Tuesday, March 18, and has given up 11 runs in 6 1/3 spring frames in his last two starts. Manager Ron Washington has said he wants to see Ogando earn his spot, and his recent performances haven't helped him to do that. Other options for the final three spots in the rotation include Ps Colby Lewis, Tanner Scheppers, Tommy Hanson, Joe Saunders and Robbie Ross. Ogando remains a leading candidate for one of the spots, but he's no longer a lock.
Fantasy Tip: Ogando is a risky selection for your pitching staff in mixed leagues because of his durability concerns, inconsistent control and now this. There are plenty of other arms in the late rounds that have more promise than Ogando.