Dunning allowed one hit and struck out one over a scoreless relief inning in Friday's 10-5 loss to Oakland. Dunning was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday and, as manager Chris Woodward told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the plan was to have him throw an inning of relief Friday. Dunning, who should get another three or four starts before the end of the season, will gradually build up to throw 80 or 90 pitches. That aligns with the organization's season-long plan for Dunning, who has been kept on a pitch limit. The right-hander entered 2021 having thrown just 34 innings since 2018.
Dunning (undisclosed) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday. Although Glenn Otto will start Friday's game against the Athletics, Dunning is expected to pitch a relief inning at some point. Following Friday's appearance out of the bullpen, the 26-year-old is expected to make three or four starts across the final few weeks of the regular season, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Dunning plans to return from the COVID-19 injured list Friday to pitch an inning in the Rangers' series opener in Oakland, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Dunning has been on the COVID-19 IL since Aug. 25, with his two-plus-week layoff suggesting that he most likely tested positive for the virus. The right-hander is in the process of regaining conditioning, and he appears to be feeling good after he tossed 23 pitches in a simulated game Monday. The Rangers' plans for Dunning over the rest of the season aren't entirely clear, but if he does in fact return Friday, he'll likely be limited to a bullpen role or working as an opener in front of Glenn Otto. Since Texas isn't sending Dunning out on a minor-league rehab assignment in which he would be able to build up his pitch count, he may not fill a traditional starting role for the remaining three weeks of September.
Dunning (undisclosed) threw 23 pitches in a live batting practice session Monday, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports. The Rangers haven't officially announced whether or not Dunning tested positive for coronavirus, but he's been on the COVID-19 injured list for nearly two weeks now, so it's likely that he did. Previous reports indicated that Dunning could be activated to start this weekend in Oakland, and his session Monday seems to put him on that path.
Dunning is expected to return from the COVID-19 injured list during the Rangers' current road trip and could be called upon to start next weekend in Oakland, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports. Dunning hit the injured list as part of the team's late-August coronavirus outbreak. He hasn't embarked on a rehab assignment, but it's possible he returns to the team without one.
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