Springs entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead and promptly blew the save opportunity. He allowed five runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning in a 7-3 loss to the Padres.
Springs was given the save chance because Jose Leclerc was unavailable after throwing 38 pitches in consecutive appearances Friday and Saturday. Springs has little experience in a closing role, but the 26-year-old left-hander earned a reputation as a reliable arm out of the bullpen since making his major-league debut in late July. Prior to Sunday's dumpster-fire, he had a 1.82 ERA in 13 appearances and hadn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 20.
Springs served as the "opener" for Sunday's game, tossing 44 pitches over three scoreless innings before turning the game over to Ariel Jurado. The left-hander has experience as a starter in the minor leagues and has pitched well since his promotion to the majors. With the Rangers desperately in need of starters for 2018, Springs has manager Jeff Banister considering him for a start over the final few weeks. "The decision today was whether or not to send him out for a fourth inning," Banister said. "He has done a lot of good things since he has been here and we have talked about that during this process. We'll have more of those discussions toward the end of the season. Obviously, the young man hasn't done anything to keep him from doing that, but we also have to think about his number of pitches and innings." Jurado's spot in the rotation will come up another three times, which gives the Rangers an opportunity to stretch out Springs before giving him a starter's workload.
Springs will open Sunday's game against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Springs will make his second appearance as an opener for the Rangers, with Ariel Jurado again set to follow. Springs tossed two scoreless innings during his first "start" Monday and overall has a 2.29 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 19.2 innings with the Rangers.
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