Player News - Rangers

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A.J. Griffin (gout) was hit hard in his minor league rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, surrendering four runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 innings.

The right-hander served up a pair of home runs and walked two while striking out one. He was only supposed to need one rehab start before rejoining the Rangers' rotation, but given how poorly this went, he's likely to make another one. Nick Martinez is holding his spot in the big league rotation for the time being.
Apr 29 - 9:20 AM

Nick Martinez allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

All of the damage was via the long ball, as Martinez gave up a solo homer to Yunel Escobar in the first inning and a two-run shot to Mike Trout in the sixth. He struck out seven and walked none in the no-decision. The 26-year-old has pitched well filling in for A.J. Griffin (gout), allowing four runs in 13 innings with a 10/1 K/BB ratio over two starts. Griffin is expected to make his return next week.
Apr 29 - 12:25 AM

Delino DeShields went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Friday’s loss to the Angels.

DeShields was used sparingly over the first couple of weeks of the season despite a strong showing during spring training, but he has reached base in seven out of his 10 plate appearances with five runs scored in two starts this week. The Rangers have to be thinking about giving him more at-bats in left field, which would be a good thing for fantasy owners.
Apr 29 - 12:24 AM

Nomar Mazara was hitless in four at-bats Friday against the Angels.

The slumping Mazara got the day off Wednesday and was dropped from third to sixth in the order for Friday’s game. He has just two hits in his last 35 at-bats, with his batting average tumbling all the way down to .236 for the year.
Apr 29 - 12:24 AM

Chi Chi Gonzalez (elbow) will undergo an MRI next Thursday.

If the exam shows that Gonzalez's right elbow has had significant healing, he'll resume a throwing program. The righty has a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament but is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Apr 28 - 5:07 PM

A.J. Griffin (gout) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

He should need just the one outing before rejoining the Rangers' rotation. Nick Martinez is drawing another start in Griffin's place Friday.
Apr 28 - 4:43 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Anthony Bass to Triple-A Round Rock.

Bass gave up six runs -- four earned -- over three relief innings in his lone appearance. He should get another shot eventually.
Apr 28 - 4:07 PM

Rangers activated C Brett Nicholas from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Nicholas is recovered from knee surgery but isn't needed at the major league level with Jonathan Lucroy and Robinson Chirinos around. There will have to be an injury for him to get a shot.
Apr 28 - 4:06 PM

Rangers activated RHP Sam Dyson from the 10-day disabled list.

Dyson made a couple rehab appearances and appears to be over the hand injury that he may or may not have actually had in the first place. The former closer will work in the middle innings for now.
Apr 28 - 4:05 PM

Shin-Soo Choo is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

Choo hit a three-run homer Wednesday but finds himself on the bench with the Angels throwing left Tyler Skaggs. Mike Napoli is in the designated hitter spot, Ryan Rua is at first base and Delino DeShields is in left field. The Rangers' lineup also features the struggling Jonathan Lucroy all the way down in the No. 9 spot.
Apr 28 - 3:59 PM

Rougned Odor went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a big win over the Twins on Wednesday.

He even added a rare walk. He got caught stealing in the third inning. The 23-year-old has struggled out of the gate again this year just like he did last year. Even after tonight's game he is batting just .200/.253/.365 with three homers and 11 RBI. This might be a good time to target Odor in trade talks. He had a .271 batting average with 33 homers, 88 RBI and 14 steals a year ago and is still younger than many top prospects.
Apr 27 - 1:37 AM

Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 with a three-run blast and scored three runs in a 14-3 barn-burner of a win over the Twins.

He hit his three-run shot in the eighth inning not long after Ryan Rua hit his grand slam in the same frame. Choo had already tripled and scored earlier in the inning. He suffered through an injury-plagued 2015 season that saw him play in just 48 games. He got off to a very slow start this year but has turned things around in recent days. Choo is getting old (turns 35 in July) but when healthy is still capable of big things in fantasy leagues -- especially those that use on-base percentage. He is now batting .258/.380/.394 with two homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI.
Apr 27 - 1:30 AM

Delino DeShields went 2-for-3 with three walks, three runs, one RBI and two stolen bases against the Twins on Wednesday.

It's been a dismal month of April for DeShields but he made his fantasy owners happy today -- if they were brave enough (or desperate enough) to put him in their lineups. He is now batting just .238/.360/.238 with no homers, two RBI and four steals on the year. The three runs he scored today were his first of the season in 11 games played.
Apr 27 - 1:19 AM

Ryan Rua bashed a grand slam home run in Wednesday's thrashing of the Twins.

Rua went 2-for-5 in the game and essentially put the cows out to pasture when he deposited a Matt Belisle offering over the wall with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. The Rangers put eight dents in the scoreboard in that frame. It was Rua's first longball of the season. He was recently promoted to a starting role in left field despite batting just .176/.222/.265 in 36 plate appearances.
Apr 27 - 1:12 AM

Cole Hamels allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Twins on Wednesday.

He uncharacteristically struck out just one batter while walking three and giving up seven base hits. One of those hits was a two-run tater by designated hitter Eduardo Escobar. Hamels moves to 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA through five starts. Despite his early success his strikeout rate has dropped considerably and now barely exceeds his walk rate. He has 15 strikeouts and 12 walks in 32 2/3 innings.
Apr 27 - 1:04 AM


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