Scheppers was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. Scheppers was designated for assignment earlier in the week to clear room on the 40-man roster for Paolo Espino. After passing through waivers untouched, he'll head back to Round Rock where he'll continue to serve as organizational pitching depth. The 30-year-old owns a 5.05 ERA in 46.1 innings at Triple-A this season.
Scheppers was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Paulo Espino was brought in from Milwaukee and Scheppers was bumped to make room on the 40-man roster. A supplemental first-round pick in 2009, Scheppers was outstanding out of the bullpen in 2013 (1.88 ERA), but he was never the same after a failed attempt at transitioning to the rotation the following spring. He will now be subjected to waivers.
Scheppers was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday. Scheppers' return to the big leagues wasn't one to remember, as the right-hander served up three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings in his five appearances with the Rangers. With Tony Barnette (finger) cleared to return from the 10-day disabled list and rejoin the Rangers bullpen, Scheppers will bide his time at Triple-A until another opening with the big club arises.
Scheppers failed to record an out and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk to take the loss in relief Monday against the Indians. The Indians completed their comeback from a 9-2 deficit in the sixth inning and took their first lead of the game, in large part due to Scheppers' ineptitude. He allowed all three batters he faced to reach base before giving way to Alex Claudio, who was unable to put out Scheppers' fire. The implosion may not result in a demotion back to Triple-A Round Rock for Scheppers, but manager Jeff Banister may be more reluctant to use him in closely contested games.
Scheppers covered 1.2 scoreless innings in relief during Monday's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out two. It was Scheppers' first appearance with the Rangers since October 2016 after he was outrighted off the 40-man roster in April. The right-hander earned his way back to the big club after compiling a 4.64 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 21.1 innings with Triple-A Round Rock earlier this season, but it's not expected that he'll be in store for high-leverage work out of the Rangers bullpen. Manager Jeff Banister looks content to proceed with Keone Kela, Jose Leclerc and Alex Claudio as the primary setup options to closer Matt Bush for the time being.