King (shoulder) could throw off a mound by this weekend, Joseph Hoyt of the Dallas Morning News reports. King began a throwing program this week, but the Rangers won't determine the next steps until they see him on the mound. The left-hander was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to the All-Star break while building up to become a starter.
King (shoulder) may begin a throwing program this weekend. King was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 7, but manager Chris Woodward said the pitcher will "maybe pick up a ball" by Saturday or Sunday. At the time of the IL move, the Rangers were hoping he'd return shortly after the All-Star break, but it looks unlikely King will be ready for the first post-break turn of the rotation. "All reports are that he feels good, his arm feels good," Woodward said. "But we won't know until he actually picks up a baseball and throws it." The left-hander has been working as a tandem starter along with Dane Dunning, but the goal is to build up his pitch count to the point where he could become a traditional starter.
King was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with left shoulder inflammation. King last pitched Tuesday, allowing four runs on four hits and one walk across two relief innings. Per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News, the shoulder injury isn't thought to be serious, and the Rangers tentatively plan to activate King to pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen July 20 against Detroit.
King (6-5) allowed three runs (two earned) on zero hits and one walk while striking out three over three-plus relief innings to pick up the win over Oakland on Thursday. King relieved starter Dane Dunning after four innings -- exiting after four or five innings has been the norm for Dunning in 2021 -- and provided bulk relief. For the second consecutive outing, King set down the first nine batters he faced before tiring during a fourth inning of work. A hit batter, a walk and his own throwing error ended the left-hander's night, and all three runners came around to score. King is being stretched out for a possible starting role, but his highest pitch count thus far is 55. The Rangers may instead keep him in a tandem role with Dunning, whose innings are being managed this season.
King allowed two runs on three hits and struck out three over 3.2 innings of relief in Friday' 9-4 win over the Royals. King worked three perfect innings and retired 11 straight before tiring while setting season highs for both number of pitches and innings. The Rangers are stretching out the left-hander to potentially fill a starting role, and he should get opportunities to increase his pitch count when working in tandem with starter Dane Dunning. The Rangers want to limit Dunning, who has thrown just 34 innings since 2018, so it's an ideal situation in which to build up King's stamina.
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