Evans (lat) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Evans' spring buildup was significantly delayed by an offseason lat injury. It's not clear when he'll be ready for game action.
Evans suffered a lat injury during the offseason and won't be able to throw off a mound until mid-March, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Evans made his major-league debut in 2020, appearing as a reliever in four games and allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out four over four innings. However, he'll be limited to begin spring training due to a lat injury that he sustained during the offseason. A better timetable for his return could be known once he resumes throwing off a mound, but he won't be ready for Opening Day, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Evans was recalled by the Rangers on Tuesday. Evans had some difficulties with his command in 2019 while pitching at the High-A and Double-A levels, but he'll now be in line to make his major-league debut. He'll take the spot of Luis Garcia in the Rangers' bullpen after Garcia was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Evans fanned 100 batters over 60 innings between High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco in 2019, but command issues prevented the Rangers from giving him a late-season callup, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reprots. Evans is strictly a reliever and doesn't pop up on many prospect lists as a result, but his raw stuff is closer worthy. He held opponents to a .119 average and posted an eye-popping 0.90 ERA last season. His high-spin rate fastball tops out at 98 MPH and sits between 94 and 96, but command is a big issue. While the right-hander struck out 14.5 batters per nine innings, Evans also walked 5.3, down from the 6.9 he posted in 2018. He was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason and could reach MLB in 2020.
Evans was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. After spending the past five seasons in the minor-league system, Evans was added to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. The 23-year-old reached the Double-A level last season, where he recorded a 0.96 ERA and a 60:22 K:BB over 37.2 innings pitched. While he was effective in 2019, he likely still has some time to go before reaching the majors.
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