Player News - Rangers

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Matt Bush underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow.

It was not Tommy John surgery, and the hope is that he'll be able to return sometime in the second half of the 2019 season. Bush struggled to a 4.70 ERA and 19/14 K/BB ratio over 23 innings this year with Texas.
Sep 19 - 2:32 PM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday on his left knee.

This news helps to explain why the 33-year-old right-hander had not appeared in a game over the last week. Bibens-Dirkx finishes the 2018 season with a 6.20 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in six starts and seven relief appearances. He is expected to be ready for spring training in 2019.
Sep 19 - 2:30 PM

Elvis Andrus went 0-for 3 with a walk Tuesday in a shutout loss to the Rays.

When we complained about Andrus still batting third on Aug. 30, it was because he was hitting .254/.291/.357 in 58 games since returning from a fractured elbow. Nearly three weeks later, he still remains a fixture in that spot of the order, even as he's hit .164/.220/.273 in September. Sure, the Rangers aren't really trying to win, but at some point, it'd be nice to see some recognition from manager Jeff Banister that Andrus has been a terrible hitter since getting hurt.
Sep 19 - 12:05 AM

Joey Gallo (toe) remains out of the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Rays.

Gallo was scratched from the lineup on Monday due to a bruised right toe, and he's apparently still dealing with some discomfort. The 24-year-old slugger is sitting on 37 home runs and 87 RBI through 138 games.
Sep 18 - 4:13 PM

Adrian Sampson allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the Rays on Monday.

Sampson surrendered six hits, including a solo homer to Ji-Man Choi in the sixth inning. He struck out a pair of batters and only issued one walk. The 26-year-old right-hander turned in a quality start, but got zero support from the Rangers offense in this one. He's 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio in three appearances (two starts) since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock earlier this month. He’ll face the Mariners at home in his next start on Sunday.
Sep 18 - 12:51 AM

Rougned Odor went 0-for-3 with a stolen base in the Rangers' loss to the Rays on Monday.

Odor was hit by a pitch and swiped second base, his 12th of the year, against Rays starter Tyler Glasnow in the first inning. The Rangers offense managed just two hits against four Tampa Bay pitchers in the shutout loss. The 24-year-old second baseman is hitting .257/.330/.443 with 73 runs scored, 18 homers, 63 RBI and 12 steals in 493 plate appearances.
Sep 18 - 12:32 AM

Joey Gallo was scratched from the Rangers' lineup Monday with a bruised right toe.

Gallo fouled a ball off the toe over the weekend. Willie Calhoun has replaced him in left field.
Sep 17 - 5:05 PM

Tony Barnette (lat) will not return this season.

Barnette has been throwing for a little while but simply ran out of time. He's been out since early July with a strained right lat.
Sep 17 - 4:19 PM

Jurickson Profar clubbed his 18th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rangers to victory on the road against the Padres in San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

Profar swatted his go-ahead solo homer in the third inning off of Padres' starter Jacob Nix. Profar also doubled and drew a walk in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-3. He's in the midst of a breakout season offensively, slashing .259/.342/.466 with 18 homers and 74 RBI. Still only 25-years-old, Profar looks to be a big part of the Rangers' future.
Sep 16 - 7:29 PM

Willie Calhoun crushed his second home run of the season as the Rangers fell to the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

Calhoun belted his solo shot off of Jacob Nix in the second inning, tying the game at 1-1. It was his only hit in his three at-bats. The talented 23-year-old is now hitting .247/.300/.383 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in his first 90 plate appearances with the Rangers this season.
Sep 16 - 7:29 PM

Mike Minor delivered another strong outing on Sunday, limiting the Padres to two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 frames.

The left-hander punched out seven on the afternoon while issuing only one free pass. He served up a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe in the first inning, but that was the only run he allowed until the Rangers' bullpen allowed his inherited runner to score after he departed in the seventh. He was in line to earn a victory here until the Rangers bullpen blew a save chance in the ninth. Minor has been outstanding over his last nine starts, going 6-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 49/11 K/BB ratio over 53 innings. He'll look to continue his strong finish to the season when he does battle against the Mariners at home on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 7:29 PM

Ariel Jurado walked away with the win after allowing three runs over four innings in relief Saturday against the Padres.

Left-hander Alex Claudio was the "opener," tossing a scoreless first inning, before Jurado took over. It wasn’t pretty, as Jurado gave up seven hits and a pair of walks. Still, he managed to limit the damage to a three-run homer to Eric Hosmer in the third inning. Jurado holds a 7.01 ERA over eight starts and two relief appearances this season and shouldn’t be considered a fantasy option.
Sep 16 - 12:54 AM

Jose Leclerc delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Rangers on Saturday for his 11th save.

Leclerc needed 13 pitches to side the side down in order, notching one strikeout along the way. The 24-year-old has been lights out since taking over the closer role for Texas. In fact, he hasn’t allowed a run since July 25. His fantasy stock is improving by the second.
Sep 16 - 12:52 AM

Robinson Chirinos came through with a go-ahead bases-clearing double in Saturday’s 6-3 victory over the Padres.

Chirinos nearly took Jose Castillo deep for a grand slam, but the ball landed on the warning track in left-center field. Still, the hit put the Rangers ahead and they even added two more runs before the sixth inning was through. Chirinos had just two RBI for all of September leading into Saturday’s game. His production has really dropped off since the start of August.
Sep 16 - 12:51 AM

Joey Gallo launched his 37th homer of the season Saturday against the Padres.

It was a solo shot against Eric Lauer in the second inning. Gallo went 1-for-4 with two runs scored on the night. The young slugger has actually hit for a respectable .257 batting average during the second half. His strikeout rate hasn’t change that much, but the main difference is that his BABIP is nearly 100 points higher. Some of this could be randomness or luck, but he’s also hitting the ball extremely hard.
Sep 16 - 12:51 AM


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