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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
35-20 7-3 L1
33-23 6-4 W1
29-27 7-3 W1
30-28 5-5 L1
12-46 2-8 L1

2023 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 0 5.40 2 1 1.50

Top Joe Barlow News

  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Placed on IL with illness

    Barlow was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday, retroactive to May 29, with kidney stones, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Barlow will be out for at least the next two weeks. He has allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk in 3.1 innings of relief this season at the MLB level.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Makes season debut

    Barlow pitched a scoreless third of an inning in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to Atlanta.

    Barlow was called up this week and made his season debut Wednesday. He was Texas' closer for stretches in 2021 and 2022, notching 24 saves, but was held back this spring in Arizona due to a velocity drop before joining Triple-A Round Rock. He went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA over 11 relief appearances for the Express, and manager Bruce Bochy said he's comfortable using Barlow in high-leverage situations. That indicates Barlow could be thrown into the setup mix, which has not performed well of late, including Wednesday when Josh Sborz and Brock Burke combined to blow a 5-3 lead in the eighth and ninth innings.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Recalled from Triple-A

    The Rangers recalled Barlow from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

    Barlow has been solid in 11 minor-league appearances this year, posting a 2.63 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 15 strikeouts through 13.2 innings. His strong 2023 campaign combined with his historically solid MLB resume could warrant him a few high-leverage outings with the Rangers. Cody Bradford was optioned to Round Rock in a corresponding move.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Optioned to Triple-A

    Barlow was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Kennedi Landry of reports.

    Barlow has recorded double-digit saves in both of his MLB campaigns to date and owns a career 2.81 ERA, so the decision comes as something of a surprise. His ERA estimators, including a 4.73 xFIP and a 4.21 SIERA, tell a much different story about his performance, but he's cruised to a 2.16 ERA this spring while striking out 13 batters in 8.1 innings. Per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News, Barlow's decreased velocity this spring is a main reason for the demotion, with the Rangers hoping some mechanical tweaks in the minors will sort things out.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Adds new pitch

    Barlow (wrist) is working on adding a split-finger fastball, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

    The pitch isn't totally new, as Barlow toyed with it in 2018, when the Rangers had former closer Bryan Harvey in camp to teach the pitch to some of the team's young hurlers. Barlow only threw about five back then, but the right-hander's picking it up again to give him a pitch that moves arm side. It's still a work in progress, which will be deployed this spring with a fastball, slider and curveball repertoire. That Barlow is throwing means he's over the November surgery to correct Linburg-Comstock syndrome, a condition that prevents the thumb and index finger from working independently.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Undergoes wrist surgery

    Barlow underwent surgery Friday to separate a pair of fused tendons in his right wrist and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in February, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Barlow dealt with blister issues throughout 2022, and the wrist procedure is expected to help curtain those problems. The right-hander served as Texas' closer during the first half of the season and converted 13 of 17 save opportunities, but he landed on the injured list in July shortly after being demoted from the role. He finished the season with a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 28:13 K:BB across 35 innings.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Activated from injured list

    Barlow (finger) was activated from the 15-day injured list Friday.

    Barlow recorded two strikeouts during his lone rehab appearance in Triple-A Round Rock. He hasn't made a big-league appearance since Aug. 17, which itself came after another month-long stay on the IL, with both absences due to blister issues. Brett Martin was placed on the bereavement list to free up a spot on the roster for Barlow.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Positive results in rehab

    Barlow (finger) struck out two in a scoreless inning Saturday during his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Round Rock.

    The rehab appearance was a promising one, as he retired the side on 14 pitches. Barlow is expected to make another appearance for Round Rock on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Begins rehab assignment

    Barlow (finger) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

    Barlow has missed most of the last two months due to a blister on his finger, but he resumed mound work in early September and will return to game action in the minors Saturday. It's not yet clear how many rehab appearances he'll require before rejoining the big-league club.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Throwing off mound Wednesday

    Barlow (blister) will throw off a mound Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

    Barlow could end up missing two months due to blister trouble, with one appearance sandwiched in between absences. Once he is able to return, he should work in a setup capacity.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Blister prompts another IL stint

    Barlow was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday with a right index finger blister.

    He threw a scoreless inning Wednesday after being sidelined for over a month with a blister on the same finger, so don't assume it will be a minimum stay for Barlow. A.J. Alexy was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Throws inning in return

    Barlow allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one in one inning in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to Oakland.

    Barlow, the Rangers' one-time closer, returned from a month-long absence due to a blister. He was given a soft re-entry, pitching the sixth inning with Texas down, 3-1. Since his injury, the Rangers have installed Jonathan Hernandez as the closer.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Makes return from IL

    The Rangers reinstated Barlow (finger) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday.

    Barlow is back on the active roster for the first time since July 13 after he required more time than expected to recover from a blister on his right index finger. During his most recent rehab appearance Sunday at Triple-A Round Rock, Barlow answered any questions about whether the blister was still affecting his control and command, as he struck out two batters while allowing one baserunner over a two-inning outing. He'll likely slot into a setup role as he rejoins the Rangers, with Jonathan Hernandez having at least temporarily seized hold of primary closing duties for the club.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Could be activated Tuesday

    Texas manager Chris Woodward said Barlow (finger) could be activated in advance of Tuesday's series opener with the Astros, reports.

    Barlow made a third rehab appearance Saturday, walking one over a scoreless 1.2 innings for Triple-A Round Rock. Two of his three rehab outings lasted 1.2 innings, which could portend his usage when he returns to the majors. Barlow had been the Rangers' closer but was removed from the role early in July. Woodward has been using Jonathan Hernandez in that role for now.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Rehab moves to Triple-A

    Barlow (finger) shifted his rehab assignment from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.

    Barlow will make a rehab appearance for Round Rock later Wednesday in what could be his final tune-up outing before returning from the 15-day injured list. When he's likely activated this weekend, Barlow will be rejoining a Rangers bullpen that is a bit thinner after Matt Bush was dealt to the Brewers, but Barlow may still have to settle for a setup or middle-relief role initially. That being said, Brett Martin has been shaky in his recent save chances, so if Barlow pitches effectively upon being activated, he may not have to wait long to get another look as the team's closer.

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  • Rangers' Joe Barlow: Nearing return

    Barlow (finger) will begin a rehab assignment over the weekend, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Barlow was placed on the injured list July 13 due to a blister. He's set to miss slightly more than the minimum 15 days but should return in early August, barring a setback. Barlow's role will be worth monitoring, as he was removed as closer shortly before suffering the injury. However, Brett Martin has struggled of late, which could open up save chances in Texas.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Riverton, UT
Age: 27
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R