Sampson (0-2) took the loss versus the Rays on Wednesday. He went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on a walk and six hits while striking out two. It was a serviceable outing for Sampson, who hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his three MLB appearances this season. His ERA stands at 4.09 through 11 innings, but with just five strikeouts over that stretch and an 83.3 percent strand rate, it seems like he has been pretty fortunate (6.61 FIP). His next start should come Sunday against the Mariners.
Sampson (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two, taking the loss against the Angels on Tuesday. Sampson was a hard-luck loser as the Rangers were shut down by a parade of Angels relievers -- it wasn't until the eighth inning that the Rangers recorded their first hit. The right-hander threw mostly sinkers and mixed in a changeup and slider in what was his second career major-league start. The 26-year-old made his first start back in 2016, but suffered a flexor tendon injury in his right arm while warming up for his second and has spent a two-year odyssey trying to get back to MLB. He doesn't have overpowering stuff. but for a team that will have four openings in its rotation to fill next spring, Sampson has put himself into the mix with Tuesday's effort. His next start will come Monday at home against Tampa Bay.
Sampson will take Bartolo Colon's place in the rotation, beginning with Tuesday's game against the Angels, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The Rangers will elect to give starts to a pitcher who could be part of their future rather than the 45-year-old Colon. Sampson allowed a pair of runs while getting just one out in his only big-league appearance of the season, though he posted a solid 3.77 ERA in 126.2 innings with Triple-A Round Rock.
Sampson could be used as a game-opener and starter before the end of the season, Wesley Dotson of MLB.com reports. Sampson has been used as both a starter and reliever at Triple-A Round Rock this season and was 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA over his last 15 starts. The Rangers will have multiple openings in their 2019 starting rotation, so the 26-year-old right-hander is auditioning for a significant role next season.
Sampson will be added to the Rangers' active roster on Tuesday, the Rangers' official site reports. Sampson got his first taste of big-league action back in 2016 for the Mariners, making a single, unimpressive start. He was injured soon after that start, requiring elbow surgery, and he made just eight minor-league starts the following season. This year for Triple-A Round Rock, he had a solid 3.77 ERA in 126.2 innings, with a low 4.5 percent walk rate making up for a weak 15.8 percent strikeout rate. He looks to be a low-leverage relief arm for the Rangers down the stretch, unless the team decides to give him a start or two.