Sampson (personal) returned to the Lotte Giants of the KBO after taking time to be with his ailing father, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Sampson flew home from Korea when he learned that his father was in hospice care. Following the passing of his father May 3, Sampson was back on a flight to Korea, but he needed to spend two weeks in quarantine after landing. The right-hander made his debut for Lotte, throwing three innings Thursday.
The KBO's Lotte Giants cleared Sampson to return to North America on Tuesday to tend to his ailing father, Daniel Kim of MBC Sports+ reports.
One of the more prominent American pitchers in the KBO, Sampson joined Lotte after spending the 2019 season in MLB with the Rangers, tossing 125.1 innings and posting a 5.89 ERA. According to the report, Sampson will need to go through a mandatory two-week quarantine period once he returns to the South Korea. As a result, Sampson won't be available for the start of the 2020 KBO season, which begins next week.
Sampson signed a contract with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization on Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Sampson worked as a starter and primary pitcher for the Rangers this season and posted a 5.89 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 101:36 K:BB over 125.1 innings across 35 games (15 starts). 2019 was the 28-year-old first extended taste of the majors, but he'll be starting the 2020 campaign in South Korea.
The Rangers reinstated Sampson (back) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's 11-3 loss to the Mariners. He pitched the final inning in relief, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.
Sampson was one of seven pitchers to see work for the Rangers in what amounted to a bullpen game for the series finale. Texas could add a sixth member to the rotation in September to limit the strain on the other five pitchers, but Sampson may not be the top candidate to fill any starting role that might open up. The right-hander has supplied a 5.85 ERA across 117 innings this season.
Sampson (back) was supposed to throw a simulated game Friday, but it was rained out, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Sampson was placed on the injured list with lower back spasms Aug. 19. The scheduled simulated session is an encouraging sign that he'll return at some point in September.
Sampson was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with lower-back muscle spasms.
This injury could help explain why Sampson has only pitched twice in the past week, allowing seven runs and posting a 1:3 K:BB across 1.1 innings in those appearances. He'll be eligible to return Aug. 28 should he prove ready. In a corresponding move, Scott Heineman was summoned from the minors.
Sampson will pitch out of the bullpen going forward.
Sampson has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen this season, starting 15 games and appearing in another 10 in relief. He hasn't had too much success overall, recording a 5.42 ERA and 1.49 WHIP while striking out just 17.6 percent of opposing batters. Kolby Allard will be promoted to take his place in the rotation.
Sampson didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Tigers, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks over 4.2 innings while striking out two.
The right-hander continues to struggle with his command, throwing only 49 of 90 pitches for strikes but getting too much of the plate when he was in the strike zone -- four of Detroit's seven hits off him went for extra bases, including a Miggy Cabrera homer. Sampson will take a 5.42 ERA and 88:28 K:BB through 113 innings into his next start Friday in Milwaukee.
Sampson (6-8) allowed five runs on six hits and struck out only two over six innings, taking the decision in a 5-4 loss to the Athletics on Saturday.
Sampson allowed four homers in the appearance, accounting for all five runs against him. It's the second time this season he's surrendered four homers in a start -- he also accomplished the dubious feat versus the Red Sox on June 13. Sampson has allowed 16 runs in his last 12.2 innings, with his ERA ballooning from 4.52 to 5.32 over his last three appearances (two starts). The 27-year-old will attempt to get back on track in his next scheduled start when he takes on the Tigers next Saturday.
Sampson (6-7) took the loss against the Mariners on Monday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings, striking out four and walking two as the Rangers fell 7-3.
The right-hander's return to the rotation didn't go well, as the Mariners tagged him for six earned, three of which came on a second-inning three-run blast off the bat of Austin Nola. Sampson has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP over 102.2 innings, so he's hard to trust at this point, even if he does maintain a spot in the Rangers' rotation.
Sampson is set to rejoin the rotation to start Monday's series opener against the Mariners, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After opening the second half as a member of the bullpen, Sampson was initially scheduled to rejoin the rotation when a fifth starter was first needed Tuesday. However, after Joe Palumbo (ankle) developed tendinitis coming out of a recent simulated game, Sampson will instead be pushed up a day in the pitching order. Sampson is expected to match up with Seattle's Marco Gonzales in what will be the right-hander's first start since July 5.
Sampson will start Tuesday against the Mariners, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The Rangers have yet to need a fifth starter in the second half, so Sampson has been in the bullpen, where he's allowed five runs in five innings of work. He owns a 4.92 ERA in 97 innings on the season overall.
Manager Chris Woodward said Thursday that Sampson would work in relief until the Rangers next require a fifth starter during the series in Seattle that runs July 22 through 24, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Due to a string of off days to begin the second half, the Rangers will be able to get by with a four-man rotation through their next three series. Woodward cited Sampson's experience as a leverage reliever capable of throwing multiple innings as the main factor in the decision to move the right-hander to the bullpen temporarily, though Sampson's inconsistency prior to the All-Star break probably played a role, too. Sampson tossed two quality starts among his final five turns but still finished with an ugly 7.40 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in that span, owing largely to his struggles with keeping the ball in the yard (eight home runs allowed). He was at least able to turn in a scoreless inning in relief in Friday's 9-8 victory over the Astros.
Sampson (6-6) took the loss Friday as the Rangers were routed 15-6 by the Twins, coughing up seven runs on 11 hits over 3.1 innings while striking out five.
The right-hander got taken deep by Jorge Polanco and Luis Arraez, but he was getting hit hard even when the ball wasn't going over the fence -- in total, seven of the 11 hits he allowed went for extra bases. Sampson will carry a 4.70 ERA and 78:20 K:BB through 92 innings into the All-Star break.
Sampson allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts across six innings while taking a loss against the Rays on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has thrown four quality starts in his last six appearances (a 3.65 ERA over that stretch), but it wasn't enough Saturday, as top prospect Brendan McKay outpitched him in his major-league debut. Overall, Sampson is 6-5 with a 4.16 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 88.2 innings this year. He'll pitch next at home against the Angels on Thursday.
Sampson (6-4) yielded one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across seven innings Sunday, taking the win over the White Sox.
Over his previous two outings, Sampson had allowed nine runs in just eight innings, so Sunday was a much-needed turnaround. Tim Anderson's RBI single in the fifth frame was the lone run to cross the plate with the 27-year-old on the mound. Sampson lowered his season ERA to 4.14 in 82.2 innings. He'll toe the rubber in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Sampson has had a 60 percent hard-hit rate on balls put in play over his last two starts, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The league average hard-hit rate on balls in play is at 37 percent and the balls hit off Sampson had an exit velocity of 95-plus mph. If Sampson were a veteran, the Rangers may shrug it off as a couple of rough starts, but as a starter in his first full season in the majors, they view it as a potential warning sign. "We are going to have to dig into that because he was hit pretty hard," manager Chris Woodward said. "Feel like his sharpness is kind of not there. I know he has had times where his slider has been sharp and times when it has been a little off. I know (pitching coach) Julio (Rangel) will dig into it tomorrow and see if anything stands out." Sampson lasted just three innings in his start Tuesday, giving up five runs on six hits.
Sampson (5-4) allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four across three innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Indians.
Sampson ran into trouble early and often Tuesday, allowing three consecutive runners to reach base in the first frame to surrender his first earned run. Things worsened in the third inning, the biggest blow coming on a three-run homer by Jose Ramirez. After allowing three or fewer earned runs in five consecutive starts, Sampson has allowed nine earned runs across eight innings in his last two starts, bringing his ERA to 4.40 for the campaign. He'll look to get back on track in his next outing, currently scheduled for Sunday against the White Sox.
Sampson didn't factor into the decision against the Red Sox on Thursday, giving up six earned runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out five and walking one as the Rangers fell 7-6.
Sampson was done in by the long ball in this contest, as he conceded four homers in five innings to Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis. The right-hander sees his ERA jump to 4.21, and his WHIP to 1.35 through 72.2 innings ahead of his next start, which is scheduled for a Tuesday home matchup against the Indians.
Sampson (5-3) notched the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out seven in a 3-1 victory over the A's.
The 27-year-old picked a great time to deliver his first career complete game, as Joe Palumbo had given the Rangers only four innings in the matinee in his big-league debut and taxed the bullpen. After a shaky introduction to the rotation Sampson has now won five straight starts, posting a dazzling 1.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 30:3 K:BB through 31.2 innings over that stretch, and he'll look to keep rolling in his next outing Thursday in Boston.
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