Player News - Rangers

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Adrian Beltre (calf) played five innings of third base Thursday in his first game at extended spring training.

Beltre didn't see a defensive chance, but he did run the bases (at around 50 percent effort) while drawing two walks among his six plate appearances. He also hit into three groundouts and one flyout. Beltre is going to play two more games at the Rangers' spring training complex in Arizona before being reevaluated. If all goes well, he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week with an eye on joining the Rangers around early-to-mid June.
May 25 - 4:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Thursday versus the Red Sox.

Rougned Odor will take a turn at DH with the Red Sox starting left-hander Drew Pomeranz. Pete Kozma is at second base. Choo has a .695 career OPS versus lefties and an .893 career OPS against right-handers.
May 25 - 3:03 PM

Sam Dyson took his fifth loss after failing to retire any of the seven Red Sox he faced Wednesday.

Yes, seven batters. Dyson entered this one with a 3-1 lead, and Jeff Banister didn't take him out until the Red Sox were up 8-3. That's practically criminal from Banister; Dyson had been a lot better since coming off the DL, but he still entered this one with a 9.42 ERA. The lone leash just didn't make any sense at all. Whatever ground Dyson had made up these last few weeks is all given back now. He was charged with five runs, four of which were earned. His ERA is back up to 11.93.
May 24 - 10:46 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Napoli is on pace for 40 homers, but he's hitting .198 with a 54/13 K/BB ratio to date, giving him an OPS+ right around 80. Although he's not an asset right now, he'll probably remain a lineup fixture when Adrian Beltre returns.
May 24 - 10:38 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) played catch again on Wednesday.

Hamels also played catch on Tuesday, the first time he had thrown the ball since hitting the disabled list with a strained right oblique on July 2. There is still a relatively long road of recovery ahead of him, though, as he is not expected to rejoin the Rangers until some time in early July.
May 24 - 5:16 PM

Tyson Ross (shoulder) could make his Rangers debut next weekend against the Astros.

Ross looked excellent in his first rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Round Rock, yielding only two hits over five scoreless innings. He'll start for Round Rock again on Monday, with the goal of making it six innings, and then we should see the right-hander back in the bigs for the first time since Opening Day in 2016. Ross is a worthwhile stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues coming off October 2016 surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He registered a 3.07 ERA and 526 strikeouts in 516 2/3 innings with the Padres between 2013-2015.
May 24 - 3:12 PM

Adrian Beltre (calf) has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games Thursday in Arizona.

He'll play three games and then the Rangers' medical staff will reevaluate him on Sunday. A full minor league rehab assignment could follow. Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain. He's currently trending toward an early-June season debut.
May 24 - 2:45 PM

Andrew Cashner yielded five runs in five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Red Sox.

Cashner walked four and threw two wild pitches. He has a 21/25 K/BB ratio after eight starts, and he's been incredibly lucky to sport a 3.18 ERA to this point.
May 23 - 11:12 PM

Jeremy Jeffress gave up three runs and walked three while getting just one out Tuesday against the Red Sox.

If Jeffress had been throwing like he was last year, he probably would have been the choice to step in as the Rangers' closer when Sam Dyson lost the job. However, he has a 6.75 ERA and an ugly 9/11 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings to date. Much like they did with Dyson, the Rangers might need to stick Jeffress on the DL for a spell.
May 23 - 11:11 PM

Joey Gallo collected his 14th homer and his fifth double Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Even though he's hitting just .193, Gallo still has the best OPS among Rangers regulars, besting Nomar Mazara by 40 points (.839 to .798). As long as he doesn't falter, he should move to left field once Adrian Beltre comes off the DL.
May 23 - 11:09 PM

Tyson Ross (shoulder) threw five scoreless innings Tuesday in a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock.

Ross needed just 73 pitches to make it through those five shutout innings, yielding only two hits. The right-hander could be cleared to join the Rangers' starting rotation after just two more minor league appearances, assuming they go as smoothly as his start on Tuesday. He last pitched in a major league game on Opening Day in 2016.
May 23 - 9:58 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) played catch Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

A positive first step for the rehabbing left-hander, who has been out since May 2 with a strained right oblique. Hamels is not expected to return to the Rangers' rotation until early July.
May 23 - 4:22 PM

Jose Leclerc (finger) could be cleared to begin throwing off a mound later this week.

He'll first have to make it through back-to-back flat-ground sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. The 23-year-old has been on the disabled list since May 8 because of tendinitis in his right index finger. Leclerc was sporting a 2.31 ERA and 18 strikeouts through 11 2/3 innings this season out of the Rangers' bullpen.
May 23 - 4:16 PM

Adrian Beltre (calf) could begin playing in extended spring training games this weekend.

There is a checkup with team doctors scheduled for Thursday. Beltre has been running for a week without issue, though not quite at full intensity. The veteran third baseman still has a number of hurdles to clear and probably isn't going to make his 2017 debut until sometime near early-to-mid June.
May 23 - 4:12 PM

Mike Napoli clobbered his 10th home run of the season on Sunday as the Rangers dispatched the Tigers 5-2.

Napoli finished the night 2-for-3 and also drew a pair of walks. His mammoth blast into the camera well in center field in the fifth inning traveled an estimated 452 feet. Even with the strong day at the plate though, Napoli is still hitting just .188/.262/.416 with 10 homers and 23 RBI on the season.
May 21 - 11:54 PM


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