Speas has recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery and will have no restrictions in 2020, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Speas emerged from rehab this spring throwing 102 MPH, which concerned the Rangers that he was coming out too hot. They shut him down for a stretch, but the 22-year-old right-hander will face no restrictions. The Rangers had hoped he'd move quickly through the system. It's unclear if Speas will be part of the proposed taxi squad teams may be allowed to carry during an abbreviated season.
Speas is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports. Speas last pitched for Low-A Hickory on June 11 and had a 2.20 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 49 strikeouts across 28.2 innings this season. The 20-year-old had yet to resolve his command issues, having issued 21 walks in 2018, but he's now likely to be sidelined for most if not all of the 2019 season.
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