Tony Barnette returned to the States in 2016 following a five-year stint in Japan, and although he wasn't particularly dominant, there's no denying that he was effective as a member of the Rangers' bullpen. Despite not amassing a huge number of strikeouts, the right-hander displayed good control and, with the good fortune of an 85 percent strand rate, tallied 15 holds on the season. Barnette is on the wrong side of 30 and his FIP sat over a run above his actual ERA, but his 2016 performance has likely earned him a steady role in Texas' bullpen to begin the 2017 season. However, with the numerous options ahead of him in the pecking order, Barnette's role has little room for growth. He will need to keep relying on holds to garner any real value.
Barnette returned from an oblique injury to pick up a win in Tuesday's game after tossing a scoreless sixth inning while allowing two hits and striking out two. A.J. Griffin did not pitch long enough to qualify for the win, so Barnette moved to 7-3 on the season after his scoreless sixth. Look for him to continue to work in middle relief for the Rangers over the season's final days.
Barnette (oblique) is not expected to be available Monday night against the Brewers, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Barnette has been nursing a strained oblique for more than two weeks but is expected to return to availability Tuesday night. The 32-year-old holds a 2.15 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 51 bullpen appearances on the season.
Barnette (oblique) is scheduled for a second bullpen session Saturday and could return to game action soon after, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports. Barnette has been quietly effective out of the bullpen this season and could re-enter the picture as a possible bullpen arm for the postseason if he's able to return to the mound by early next week.
Barnette (oblique) threw from flat ground Tuesday for the second straight game but won't rush back to action, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Barnette is expected to need at least one mound session before returning to game action, and there's no timetable yet for that. He's been quietly effective when healthy, sporting a 1.14 WHIP and 2.15 ERA in 58. innings
Barnette is nursing a strained oblique muscle and is without a timetable for his return, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Rangers plan to act conservatively with Barnette, so it seems that he'll at least be sidelined for a few days at a minimum. The 32-year-old has been an effective member of the Rangers' relief corps all season, submitting a 2.15 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 58.2 innings.