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Wed, 15 May 2013 13:15:52 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in 17 outings over 20 innings this year, and he's struck out 12 and walked just four. Scheppers is throwing his fastball in the mid-90s and has touched 98 mph on the gun, but manager Ron Washington said the team will keep him in a setup role. "That's what we're trying to use him as. Future down the road, he has stuff to be a closer. But right now we want his mentality being coming in and giving the ball to Joe (Nathan). And whatever else happens after that down the road, let it happen. But I want his mindset to be he's coming in and getting the ball to the closer," manager Ron Washington said. Scheppers started in college at Fresno State, and he'd like the opportunity to return to a starting role in the long term.
Fantasy Tip: Scheppers, and the rest of the Rangers bullpen for that matter, has been lights out this year. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? That's Washington's approach right now, at least. If Nathan falters or is injured this year, Scheppers could get first crack at ninth-inning duties. The way he's pitching, he deserves to be owned in AL-only and cavernous mixed leagues.
Wed, 15 May 2013 13:10:54 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he may choose to rest RP Joe Nathan Wednesday, May 15, after the veteran gave up a run and got out of a bases-loaded jam during his 12th save in 12 tries Tuesday, May 14.
Sat, 04 May 2013 16:10:13 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he knows he needs to get RP Joe Nathan into a game since Nathan has not made an appearance in a week. He said he used RP Derek Lowe Friday, May 3, instead of Nathan because Lowe had not pitched in 10 days.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:02:06 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan has been averaging 91.1 mph on his fastball this year, which is down from 94 mph from last year. However, he still has only a 1.42 ERA, and he's perfect in five save chances while holding opponents to a .208 average. "Honestly my velocity has been down but I have been effective with other stuff," Nathan said. "As long as I'm getting guys out, that's the name of the game. You don't have to throw 100 mph to get guys out. If your velocity is down you get more movement and I've been using my sinker more and my breaking ball has really come into play."
Fantasy Tip: At age 38, it's no surprise that Nathan might be losing some velocity. However, as he mentioned, he's making adjustments by throwing more breaking pitches. Nathan may not be an elite closer anymore, but he's still very solid and should see plenty of opportunities with Texas.
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 09:24:18 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan recorded his 300th career save against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 8.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:42:58 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Cory Burns has begun to stand out among the team's bullpen options this spring, making three scoreless appearances. "He's doing a good job," manager Ron Washington said. "He's got deception, changes speed and can move the ball in on left-handers. He can throw his fastball on both sides of the plate." Burns throws in the high-80s with a sidearm delivery but his changeup generates swings and misses nearly 40 percent of the time. RPs Joe Nathan and Jason Frasor are the only pitchers guaranteed spots in the bullpen. RPs Tanner Scheppers (hamstring) and Wilmer Font (shoulder) are both sidelined with minor injuries, and RP Josh Lindblom hasn't fared very well so far. Burns has intrigued the Rangers ever since they acquired him from the San Diego Padres.
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:13:37 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan won't face live hitters until Monday, Feb. 18, but he's still throwing bullpens and building strength in his arm.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:38:00 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan is being eased in this spring; while the rest of the pitchers threw live batting practice Thursday, Feb. 14, Nathan did not. The team is trying to be smart with Nathan's workload during an extended spring training.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:15:28 -0800
Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said RPs Robbie Ross and Kyle McClellan are favorites to earn spots in the bullpen assuming one of them isn't the fifth starter. RPs Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman are also favorites for the bullpen. RPs Joe Nathan and Jason Frasor are already locks. RP Josh Lindblom will receive a long look in camp.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:44:51 -0800
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said only RPs Joe Nathan and Jason Frasor are assured of spots in the bullpen. RP Josh Lindblom has the inside track for another, and the rest of the bullpen is "wide open."