Player News - Rangers

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Carlos Gomez tallied two hits Wednesday in the Rangers’ Cactus League tie with the Royals.

He was the only player on either team to log more than one hit. Of the nine total hits in Wednesday’s scoreless tie, none went for extra bases. Gomez has had a productive spring and may be getting overlooked in fantasy drafts. The two-time All-Star holds an impressive .361 average across 36 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 29 - 7:21 PM

Dillon Gee turned in a strong outing Wednesday in the Rangers’ Cactus League tie with the Royals, yielding just two hits over six shutout innings.

He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone. 51 of the right-hander’s 67 pitches went for strikes. Gee didn’t give up a hit until the fifth when Whit Merrifield finally broke through for a two-out single. The only other hit he allowed came in the sixth on an infield single by Peter O’Brien. Neither team scored a run in this game with Danny Duffy twirling four shutout frames for Kansas City. Gee will likely fill a long relief role for the Rangers this year.
Mar 29 - 7:19 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

Martinez was roughed up with an 8.66 ERA over five starts and one relief appearance this spring. He'll serve as rotation depth in the minors.
Mar 29 - 3:10 PM

Adrian Beltre (calf) will be re-evaluated over the weekend.

Beltre came down with some tightness in his right calf muscle on Monday, though an MRI showed it wasn't severe. While he initially expressed confidence about his readiness for Opening Day, he's running out of time to prove it. The disabled list could eventually be an option if he doesn't show enough progress this weekend.
Mar 29 - 2:47 PM

Tanner Scheppers (abdomen) is not expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

Scheppers has been dealing with a sore abdominal muscle recently and has had issues with his control this spring. He could open the season on the DL if he doesn't see improvement on the health front, but he also has options remaining.
Mar 29 - 1:11 PM

Shin-Soo Choo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after undergoing some dental work.

It doesn't sound like something that will keep him out of action for long. Choo is projected to serve as the Rangers' primary designated hitter this season.
Mar 29 - 12:59 PM

Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) is expected to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Ross is expected to stretch things out to around 45 pitches over three innings. He'll be a bit behind to begin the year after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the Rangers are optimistic that he could join the rotation by early May. Ross posted a 3.07 ERA with 9.2 K/9 between 2013-2015, so there's some nice upside if he comes back feeling good.
Mar 29 - 12:10 PM

Andrew Cashner (biceps) is expected to throw three innings on Friday against the Royals.

Cashner, who is making his way back from right biceps tendinitis, will pitch in relief of Cole Hamels. He's going to start the year on the disabled list, but it sounds like he could be ready relatively soon.
Mar 29 - 12:06 PM

Adrian Beltre underwent an MRI on his right calf on Monday.

Fortunately, the test showed that it's not considered a significant strain. The Rangers are calling Beltre day-to-day for now, so while it's not ideal, the feeling is that he'll be ready for the season.
Mar 29 - 12:03 PM

Adrian Beltre (calf) is not in Wednesday's lineup.

Beltre hasn't played since Sunday due to a tight right calf muscle, but he's not concerned about his readiness for Opening Day and Jeff Banister has also downplayed the situation. We'll have to take their word for it for now.
Mar 29 - 11:20 AM

Carlos Gomez (shoulder) has returned to the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday.

Gomez jammed his left shoulder on a slide into third base last Tuesday, but he's feeling better now. The 31-year-old outfielder finished strong last season and will serve as the Rangers' regular center fielder in 2017.
Mar 29 - 11:11 AM

Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday in Cactus League play.

Gallo contributed an RBI double to the Rangers' three-run fifth inning and then cranked a solo shot in the seventh. The big slugger is still trying to carve out a real role at the major league level and will likely open the 2017 regular season back at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mar 28 - 6:07 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Both tallies came on a two-run shot in the fourth inning by Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds. Griffin walked three and gave up six hits while striking out only two batters. He is expected to make the Rangers' season-opening starting rotation, but the 29-year-old right-hander can be ignored in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 28 - 5:29 PM

Tanner Scheppers (abdomen) will return to game action Wednesday.

Scheppers exited an appearance Friday with a left abdominal strain, but it was a minor issue. He could still make the Opening Day roster if he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 28 - 5:22 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that Delino DeShields could be the Rangers' everyday left fielder and leadoff man.

DeShields has batted .302/.448/.321 with 12 steals this spring, which might have been enough to push Jurickson Profar back into a utility role and Carlos Gomez down in the order. "I tell guys, make me put you in the lineup," manager Jeff Banister said. "Let your game put you in the lineup. Delino has made us do that. How it plays on Opening Day or the day after that … just continue to play the game." DeShields entered 2016 as the Opening Day center fielder and leadoff man, but he lost those jobs quickly and ultimately hit .209/.275/.313. However, the 24-year-old had a good rookie season and could make a dent in fantasy leagues with his on-base skills and running ability.
Mar 28 - 5:13 PM


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