Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:23:26 -0800
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent SP Tommy Hanson (Angels) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Feb. 10. He'll compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation with SPs Nick Tepesch, Colby Lewis, Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:58:57 -0800
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (knee) suffered a "freak accident" at his home that led to cartilage damage in his left knee, and he'll undergo arthroscopic surgery on it Friday, Jan. 10. He'll be out until midseason. "I'm devastated by this injury," Holland said. "It was a freak accident at home that resulted in a hard fall on my knee. As upsetting as this is, my goal is to begin rehab and get back on the mound as quickly as possible." General manager Jon Daniels said Holland fell on the stairs at his home. Holland has no long-term damage to his anterior or medial collateral ligaments. SPs Robbie Ross and Nick Tepesch are candidates to enter the rotation in the first half of the year.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:47:18 -0800
The Texas Rangers are interested in signing free-agent SP Bartolo Colon (Athletics). Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA last year for the Oakland Athletics. If he were to sign, it would likely push SP Alexi Ogando out of the rotation and keep P Robbie Ross in the bullpen.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:17:30 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Robbie Ross is working as a starting pitcher in the Dominican Republic Winter League this offseason after he made 123 relief outings in the last two years. He's asked the Rangers to allow him another shot to work as a starter in 2014. Ross didn't retire a hitter in his first winter ball start but had a 1.38 ERA with 11 base runners and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings in his last three starts. Ross has shown improvement pitching inside to lefties and has made strides with his breaking ball and cutter.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:22:08 -0800
Texas Rangers P Robbie Ross will make two more starts in the Dominican Winter League. He is a full-fledged candidate for the starting rotation for the Rangers in spring training.
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:30:11 -0700
Texas Rangers P Robbie Ross remains in the mix for the fifth starter job, but the team prefers him working out of the bullpen. P Nick Tepesch looks to be the favorite for the job barring any additions from outside of the organization.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:31:24 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Robbie Ross will head back to the bullpen. P Nick Tepesch could now be the favorite for the No. 5 rotation spot, but he might be competing with RP Derek Lowe now.
Fantasy Tip: Tepesch obviously gives you more upside in AL-only leagues should he win the final rotation spot.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:07:40 -0700
A person familiar with the Texas Rangers' way of thinking claimed that the competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation is a "dead heat" between SP Robbie Ross and SP Nick Tepesch. However, several unnamed officials believe the team may want to keep Ross in the bullpen, where he excelled last season (6-0 with a 2.22 ERA). General manager Jon Daniels said the team is open to acquiring a starter from outside the organization but expects to start the season with an internal candidate.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:33:29 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Randy Wells gave up one run in five innings Thursday, March 14, while giving up three hits and walking four and striking out four. "From the get go, I felt good," Wells said. "I was able to make a pitch when I needed to and it was nice to get out there, stretch it out and go five innings." The outing was likely good enough to keep him in the competition with SPs Robbie Ross and Justin Grimm for the last rotation spot. P Nick Tepesch remains a dark horse candidate.
Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:58:26 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Robbie Ross remains in the hunt for the fifth starter spot, and he is scheduled to throw four innings in his second Cactus League spring start. He has a 3.00 ERA in nine innings this spring. P Justin Grimm is also in the mix for the fifth starter role, and he was scheduled to throw Sunday, March 10, as well.