Tillman (groin) has been placed on the disabled list, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Tillman is another reclamation project the Rangers are attempting, but it has not gone well. He allowed four runs in 2.2 innings before injuring his groin in his second start.
Tillman threw only 11 pitches in his start Tuesday at Triple-A Round Rock before exiting with a groin strain, the Associated Press reports. Making his second appearance for Round Rock since inking a minor-league deal with Texas earlier in the month, Tillman recorded only one out and gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and a hit by pitch. The right-hander was torched to the tune of a 10.46 ERA and 2.21 WHIP in his seven starts with the Orioles earlier this season and hasn't been much better in his minor-league cameos in the Baltimore or Texas organizations either. Now that he's also nursing an injury, it's beginning to look unlikely he'll receive another promotion to the majors before the 2018 season ends.
Tillman will make his debut for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Wesley Dotson of MLB.com reports. Tillman, 30, spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Orioles before being granted his release from the organization July 27. He was 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA in seven starts for Baltimore this season. The Rangers are looking at him as a possible reclamation project with an eye toward having him in the starting rotation in 2019. The Rangers are bereft of pitching prospects at the higher levels of the system that are ready to jump into the rotation next season, so they are looking at guys like Tillman and Drew Hutchison as stop-gap measures during the team's rebuilding process.
TIllman will report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Tillman, the former Oriole, was signed to a minor-league contract last week. His first start for Round Rock has not yet been set.
Tillman is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The Rangers claimed Tillman after the Orioles released him July 25. He'll throw in front of pitching coaches Doug Brocail and Dan Warthen, the first time the organization will get a live look at its new acquisition. "We'd like to get our arms around him," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Let him get to know us, vice-versa. Let him throw a bullpen. That relationship is huge, especially when you get a guy coming from another organization. You get to be around these guys, Dan and Doug, gets some thoughts so when he does pitch there is some familiarity there. Get him in-house and get him going." The Rangers see Tillman as a potential reclamation project on a similar path as that of Yovani Gallardo. After Saturday's bullpen session, Tillman will report to Triple-A Round Rock.
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