Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday that removing Tanner Scheppers from the rotation is "nothing that's crossed my mind."
"We know it's a work in progress," Washington added. Scheppers was battered for six runs over just 2 1/3 frames Thursday against the Mariners and now has a 9.82 ERA over his first four starts. He's pitched beyond the fifth inning on just one occasion. Still, the Rangers don't really have any great alternatives with Matt Harrison (back) not quite ready. However, Scheppers will be on the chopping block in a couple weeks when Harrison returns.
Buster Posey could sit out Friday's game after taking a foul tip off the shoulder in Thursday's game.
Posey stayed in to finish the game, but he's feeling a little sore. It's a good excuse to give him a little breather Friday and give Hector Sanchez a start.
Hyun-Jin Ryu spun seven scoreless innings in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Giants.
Ryu only struck out three, but he allowed just four hits -- all singles -- while walking one. The left-hander was rocked for eight runs -- six earned -- in his lone home start this season but has been untouchable (quite literally) on the road, tossing 26 scoreless frames. He'll have two home starts next week against the Phillies and Rockies.
Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still converted his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.
In fairness, Jansen probably wouldn't have given up a run had Michael Morse not reached to lead off the inning following a strikeout. Still, it certainly wasn't a clean outing, as Jansen walked one, yielded an RBI single and needed 30 pitches to complete the inning. He's nailed down five saves already but has blown a pair and holds a 5.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.
Madison Bumgarner lasted just 4 1/3 innings Thursday, yielding two runs on six hits and three walks in a loss to the Dodgers.
The left-hander struck out six and was able to limit the damage for the most part, but he needed a whopping 99 pitches to record 13 outs. Bumgarner hasn't been too great the last two times out but still boasts a 3.48 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back on track next week in Colorado.
Matt Kemp went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Kemp has three home runs over his first 10 games, but he's done very little otherwise, batting just .171/.310/.486 overall. He'll be in center field most days, but with four starting-worthy outfielders, the Dodgers can afford to rest him when his bat is cold.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "close to 20 teams" were present at Joel Hanrahan's (elbow) showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday.
Heyman lists the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies and Indians among the interested clubs and says there could be "quite a bit of competition" for the free agent reliever. Hanrahan was reportedly sitting in the 87-93 mph range, which is quite a bit lower than what he was throwing pre-Tommy John surgery, but Heyman added that the righty "looked fit and healthy." He figures to sign with someone soon.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Thursday that he could drop Pablo Sandoval down in the batting order to "try to take some pressure off him."
Sandoval went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, dropping his season line down to an ugly .175/.268/.302. Kung Fu Panda has batted third in all but one game this season, and he hit fourth in that one. Michael Morse and Brandon Belt are both off to nice starts and are candidates to move up in the order if Sandoval is moved down.