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September 13, 2020 12:48 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Notches eighth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero struck out one in a perfect seventh inning to record the save in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics.

The right-hander threw eight of his 10 pitches for strikes and made quick work of Oakland to close out the matinee. Montero has converted all eight of his save chances and has a 2.13 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 14:3 K:BB across 12.2 innings this season.

September 2, 2020 01:28 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Slams door on Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero picked up the save against the Astros on Tuesday, allowing one unearned run on one hit in one inning. He did not strike out or walk any batters.

Montero inherited a two-run lead in the extra-inning contest. He yielded a leadoff single to allow the designated runner on second base to score but avoided further damage by inducing a double-play groundout and a flyout. Montero is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9.2 innings.

August 25, 2020 10:52 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Works out of trouble to notch save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero picked up a four-out save in Monday's 3-2 win over the Athletics, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out two.

Montero entered the game with two outs in the eighth and got Stephen Piscotty to strike out swinging. He got himself into a jam in the ninth, allowing singles to Tony Kemp and Marcus Semien before walking Ramon Laureano to load the bases with just one out. Fortunately for Montero and the Rangers, he struck out Matt Olson looking and got Matt Chapman to fly out to end the game. The right-hander has six saves on the season to go along with a 3.53 ERA and nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched.

August 21, 2020 02:08 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Saddled with loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (0-1) allowed four runs (three earned) in the 10th inning and picked up the loss to San Diego on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and two walks before ceding a walkoff grand slam to Manny Machado.

Montero entered the game in the ninth inning when the score was tied, so it was not a save situation in the 10th after Texas took the lead. The Rangers' closer had not allowed an earned over his first five appearances but couldn't keep the Padres off the board. San Diego worked the first two walks of the season off Montero.

August 16, 2020 12:56 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Rocky effort for fifth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero allowed an unearned run on a hit and struck out two in one inning to earn the save Saturday versus the Rockies.

Raimel Tapia reached on catcher's interference to lead off the ninth inning, and Ryan McMahon scored him on a double, but Montero retired the next three batters in order. The unearned run won't harm Montero's 0.00 ERA, and the hit was also the first he's allowed in five innings this year. The 29-year-old has a firm grasp on the closer role in Texas.

August 13, 2020 11:20 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Notches another save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero got the save Wednesday against the Mariners after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.

Another appearance, another scoreless outing for Montero. The 29-year-old is 4-for-4 in save chances and is yet to allow a run or a walk in his four appearances, striking out four. He has been lights out as the team's closer since stepping in for Jose Leclerc (shoulder) and should remain a reliable late-inning arm out of the bullpen for the foreseeable future.

August 12, 2020 08:32 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Earns third save of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero notched his third save of the season Tuesday against the Mariners. He pitched a scoreless inning and struck one.

Montero continues to look dominant as the new Rangers closer, going 3-for-3 on save opportunities and is yet to allow hits or runs in any of those outings, striking out three. Texas manager Chris Woodward already confirmed Montero as the new closer following Jose Leclerc's shoulder injury, and he has done nothing but respond to that confidence with three strong performances.

August 9, 2020 03:16 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Named closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texas manager Chris Woodward confirmed that Montero is the closer with Jose Leclerc (shoulder) on the injured list, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Montero closed out games Friday and Saturday and has emerged as the replacement closer. Earlier this week, Woodward was leaning toward a committee, but Montero's efforts the last two games stabilizes late-inning roles. Jonathan Hernandez will be the primary eighth-inning setup man.

August 9, 2020 12:24 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Nabs second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero worked a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his second save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Angels.

The Rangers wasted no time plugging Montero into their vacant closer spot after he came off the injured list Friday, and the right-hander has now picked up saves on consecutive nights. As long as he can stay healthy, Montero should provide some stability in the ninth as he looks to build on his comeback performance in 2019.

August 8, 2020 01:04 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Converts save in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to convert the save in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels.

Montero was strong in his season debut, getting Brian Goodwin to ground out before whiffing David Fletcher and Mike Trout. In 2019, Montero pitched to a 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 34 strikeouts over 29 innings. He recorded seven holds last year and figures to work in a late-inning role again in 2020, potentially even as a closer option with Jose Leclerc (shoulder) questionable to pitch again this season.

August 7, 2020 08:28 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Activated from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.

Montero was unavailable to begin the season as he dealt with right elbow tendinitis, but he'll be available out of the bullpen starting Friday. The right-hander should take on a high-leverage role in the bullpen and could see some save chances given the lack of experience among the Rangers' late-inning arms. Montero made 22 appearances for the Rangers last year, posting a 2.48 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 29 innings.

August 7, 2020 10:16 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Expected back Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) is on track to be activated from the injured list Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Montero has been sidelined all season with right elbow tendinitis, but he's set to rejoin the Rangers ahead of Friday's series opener against the Angels. The right-hander should assume a high-leverage relief role after posting a 2.48 ERA and 0.97 WHIP across 29 innings with Texas last season. With an unproven cast of characters making up the current closing committee in Texas, Montero could start getting save opportunities if he proves he is back to pitching as effectively as he did in 2019.

August 5, 2020 04:52 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Nearing return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) threw a simulated inning at the Rangers' satellite camp Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Montero has been sidelined all season with right elbow tendinitis, but it sounds like he could be cleared to join the Rangers as soon as this weekend. Once healthy, the right-hander figures to assume a high-leverage relief role.

July 25, 2020 04:20 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with right elbow tendinitis, retroactive to July 20.

The 30-year-old was absent from the Rangers' Opening Day roster so it's not much of a surprise to see him move to the IL, though the elbow tendinitis is a new development. Montero was previously said to be dealing with forearm soreness and was late to summer training while tending to a family matter. The right-hander was unable to build up his stamina, so he's unlikely to join the Rangers in the near future, regardless of the severity of the injury.

July 23, 2020 12:48 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Absent from Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (forearm) isn't listed on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 29-year-old missed the start of summer camp while tending to a personal matter and has been dealing with forearm soreness since reporting to the team. It's only a matter of time until he's officially move to the injured list. Montero had a 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB over 29 innings for the Rangers last season, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to take the mound in 2020.

July 19, 2020 11:32 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Forearm soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero was dealing with forearm soreness when he arrived in camp, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Montero entered camp late because he was at home in the Dominican Republic while his wife was giving birth. As such, he was behind other relievers, then the forearm soreness set him back further. "When he got back, it didn't feel right," Woodward said. "He said he is feeling better now. So hopefully from this point, he can progress to get back to full strength." Once back to full health and fitness, Montero should be one of the Rangers' top setup men.

July 17, 2020 12:12 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Won't be ready for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (personal) will not be ready for the start of the season, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Montero missed the start of camp while tending to a family matter in the Dominican Republic and will reportedly need additional time to ramp up before being ready for game action. It's unclear how many games the right-hander will miss at this point. With the Rangers down a couple of relievers to start the season, Jesse Chavez and Nick Goody are candidates to serve as setup men early on.

July 2, 2020 11:24 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Dealing with family issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero will not be in camp for the first workout Friday as he attends to a family situation in the Dominican Republic, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Montero should be one of the top setup relievers for the Rangers and is a candidate for save opportunities if closer Jose Leclerc falters. It's unclear how much time Montero is expected to miss.

March 19, 2020 12:04 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Lock for bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero is expected to be part of the Rangers' bullpen when the regular season begins, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

The Rangers came to camp with competition at several bullpen spots, but Montero's job was secure. The right-hander, who was coming off 2018 Tommy John elbow surgery, was promoted to the major-league roster in July 2019 and thrived as a reliever. He posted a 2.48 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 29 innings (22 appearances). He will work in a setup role as a bridge to closer Jose Leclerc, whose shaky command and very low job security, per RotoWire, puts Montero in a position to potentially pick up save opportunities.

January 10, 2020 02:12 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Inks deal to avoid arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero signed a one-year, $785,000 contract with the Rangers on Friday, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Montero will receive a slight raise in his second season of arbitration eligibility after excelling as a reliever in 2019. The 29-year-old had a 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB over 29 innings and could work in a high-leverage bullpen role next season.

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