Tanner Scheppers was plagued with injuries the past few years, and in an effort to shore up some of his knee problems, the right-hander underwent knee surgery shortly before the start of spring training. This operation kept him out for the bulk of the season, limiting him to just 10 appearances after rosters expanded in September. As one would expect after a layoff of his duration, the 2009 first-rounder was less than spectacular upon his return to the Rangers bullpen, holding a 5:3 K:BB en route to a 4.15 ERA in his 8.2 innings pitched. Ever since having elbow issues back in 2014, his average fastball velocity and strikeout rate have both decreased, which creates a bad combination with his worsening control. Unless he does a complete 180, Scheppers will likely spend most of 2017 in middle relief and won't have much of a fantasy impact.
Scheppers tossed a scoreless inning for his first save Tuesday against the Astros. The Rangers bullpen was exhausted from an extra-innings contest Monday night, leaving Scheppers in line for his first save opportunity since returning from the DL September 6. Scheppers has now recorded 10 outs without allowing a single baserunner, and he figures to be a key part of Texas's bullpen down the stretch, perhaps serving as the setup man to Sam Dyson.
Scheppers (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL on Tuesday. February knee surgery put Scheppers on the shelf for an extended period but he's reached the end of the long recovery process. Scheppers struggled last year but he was excellent during his rehab assignment, allowing just one run on six hits in eight innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He won't be in the mix to close but Scheppers may quickly become a key part of the bridge to Sam Dyson.
Scheppers (knee) is expected to be called up when rosters expand following a fifth rehab appearance, Ryan Posner of MLB.com reports. Scheppers could slide into a semi-prominent role in the Texas bullpen with Jeremy Jeffress' status still very much up in the air, though Matt Bush and Sam Dyson continue to provide ample support in the final two innings.
Scheppers (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment following a pain-free throwing session Saturday, Ryan Posner of MLB.com reports. Scheppers has missed the entire 2016 season and isn't expected to fill a major role in the Texas bullpen once healthy but he is trending toward an activation when rosters expand in September.
Scheppers (knee) is expected to resume throwing Monday after swelling in his knee forced him to curtail his previous throwing program, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Scheppers is expected to throw from the mound Monday and then live batting practice Wednesday. He's aiming for a September return.