Player News - Rangers

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Delino DeShields went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

It's not much, but DeShields has shown some signs of life at the plate in recent days, collecting two hits, a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored in his last two games. That's a step in the right direction after he experienced a freefall earlier this month. The speedy outfielder is hitting .228/.312/.317 with nine steals in 32 games and can stay on the sidelines until he strings a few more good games together.
May 24 - 11:28 PM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx was greeted rudely by the Royals in his season debut Thursday, allowing six runs -- four earned -- in 6 1/3 innings in a loss.

Promoted by the Rangers to make the start after he posted a 3.72 ERA in eight minor league outings, Bibens-Dirkx didn't fare much better than most of the disappointing options the Rangers have run out this year. It wasn't all bad -- he struck out six while walking just one, and an error led to two of the Royals' runs -- but it wasn't much good, either. Considering that the club doesn't boast a ton of better options, the 33-year-old -- who put up a 4.67 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 24 games with the Rangers last year -- will likely get another turn, expected to come Wednesday against the Mariners.
May 24 - 11:07 PM

Matt Moore (knee) threw 70 pitches during Thursday's live batting practice.

Moore landed on the DL with right knee soreness last week but could return to the starting rotation as early as Tuesday. First the Rangers will wait to see how he responds to Thursday's throwing session. The left-hander has gone just 1-5 this year and sports an ugly 6.00 ERA since the start of 2017. He hasn't been the same pitcher since his Tommy John surgery in 2014.
May 24 - 5:32 PM

Jurickson Profar is not in the Rangers' lineup Thursday against the Royals.

It's surprising to see him sit after going 3-for-8 with six RBI over his last two games. Hanser Alberto will handle shortstop in Profar's place and bat eighth against KC left-hander Danny Duffy.
May 24 - 4:41 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock.

Bibens-Dirkx will get the start Thursday versus Kansas City. The 33-year-old right-hander holds a 3.72 ERA over eight minor league starts this year. He's not worth streaming consideration, even in a favorable matchup against the 16-33 Royals.
May 24 - 4:13 PM

Rangers optioned LHP Brandon Mann to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers needed to clear a roster spot for tonight's starting pitcher, Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Mann hurled five scoreless innings during his brief time in the majors. The 34-year-old should be back up at some point.
May 24 - 4:12 PM

Jurickson Profar posted a bases-clearing three-run double in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Yankees.

The big knock off of reliever David Robertson was enough to push the Rangers over the hump as they held on for a wild 12-10 victory. Profar is still slashing .237/.313/.410 so far this season, but he also has 26 RBI through 45 games, which ties his career-high in the category. He's finally healthy and seeing regular playing time with Elvis Andrus sidelined, but there's still not enough here for him to be worth a pickup in most mixed fantasy leagues.
May 24 - 12:22 AM

Isiah Kiner-Falefa finished 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 12-10 slugfest victory against the Yankees.

The 23-year-old utility player racked up a career high in RBI in a single game and he has collected two or more hits in back-to-back games for the first time as a major leaguer. He is 7-for-21 (.333) across the past seven outings to raise his average from .245 to .260 just since May 15. Kiner-Falefa has some decent speed, but he is still only worth considering in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues at this point.
May 24 - 12:19 AM

Ronald Guzman finished 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in Wednesday's 12-10 victory against the Yankees.

Guzman has swatted homers in three straight outings, as there is something about Yankees pitching that agrees with him. He is still slashing just .218/.288/.426, but the power lately has been nice. If it continues he could be worth a look in deeper mixed formats. For now, he remains useful only in AL-only fantasy play and as a low-end DFS option while running hot.
May 24 - 12:13 AM

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth inning while striking out the side Wednesday against the Yankees to nail down his 10th save.

Kela needed just 12 pitches, throwing nine for strikes, as he converted his 10th save in as many opportunities. Many will look to his 4.50 ERA, which is very unsightly for a closer, but all nine of the runs he has allowed have come in non-save situations. While they still count against the fantasy bottom line, he is lights out when working in save situations.
May 24 - 12:08 AM

Doug Fister was touched up for eight runs - six earned - and 11 hits over just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Yankees.

Fister hasn't won since March 30, a span of eight consecutive starts coming up empty. Homers have been a problem lately, as he has served up seven home runs across 24 innings over his past four outings. He'll try to turn things around Monday in Seattle to kick off a two-start week. He remains useful only in AL-only fantasy leagues at this point until he starts to tick off wins more regularly.
May 24 - 12:04 AM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx will start on Thursday against the Royals.

Bibens-Dirx was signed to a minor league contract in December, and his contract will be selected from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. He appeared in 24 games with the Rangers in 2017, registering a 4.67 ERA, 1.356 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings over 24 appearances for Texas.
May 23 - 6:20 PM

Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took batting practice before Thursday's game.

Beltre was able to field ground balls hit at him on Tuesday, and now he's feeling well enough to take live batting practice. Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters that Beltre was a "few weeks" away on Monday, but it's clear he's making progress, and there's at least a chance we see him back with Texas before the end of the month, with early June still the most likely return point.
May 23 - 4:52 PM

Joey Gallo is absent from the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

He'll take a seat with the Yankees throwing southpaw CC Sabathia. Ryan Rua is getting a start in left field. The Rangers are also giving Carlos Perez a start at catcher over Robinson Chirinos.
May 23 - 3:16 PM

Jurickson Profar swatted a three-run homer in the first inning on Tuesday, propelling the Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Yankees.

Profar wasted no time putting his mark on this game, crushing a no-doubter off of Domingo German to give the Rangers the early 3-0 lead in this one. It would be his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. Profar, who continues to see everyday action at shortstop with Elvis Andrus sidelined, is hitting .230/.304/.401 with three homers and 23 RBI on the season.
May 23 - 12:27 AM


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