Springs walked one over two scoreless innings in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Angels.
With Adrian Sampson moving into the rotation as a replacement for the injured Edinson Volquez (elbow), Springs moves up a notch in the bullpen as a long reliever. The Rangers have a couple of relievers stretched out enough to throw multiple innings when needed, but the early results favor Springs as the top option. After a one-inning stint in his first appearance, the left-hander has worked multiple innings in his last three. Springs has allowed one run on three hits and six walks while striking out seven over seven innings across four outings.
Springs (1-0) allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out three to earn his first win of the season Thursday against the Angels.
Springs relieved a laboring Edinson Volquez in the fourth inning with the Rangers up, 6-2, and coasted to a relief win after his teammates put up three more runs in the fifth. He's one of a few bullpen members on staff to pitch multiple innings in the event starters can't get deep. This was the fourth relief win for the 5-2 Rangers. Starters have pitched into the fifth inning twice in seven games, but the offense (6.4 runs per game) has carried Texas to its early season success, making winners of relievers.
Springs posted a 2.35 ERA and 11:5 K:BB through 7.2 innings this spring, which was good enough to earn him a spot in the Rangers' Opening Day bullpen. The southpaw, who notched a 3.38 ERA and 8.7 K/9 in 18 appearances (32 innings) as a rookie in 2018, figures to reprise his role as a multi-inning reliever that could step in and start if needed.
Springs allowed four hits and one walk while striking out three over 2.2 scoreless innings Sunday against Arizona.
Springs was summoned into action when starter Yohander Mendez left with an elbow injury. He's no stranger to extended outings. The former starter went four outs or longer in 13 of his 18 appearances last season for Texas, including a couple of games as an opener. The Rangers are not planning on deploying openers in 2019, so Springs will have a more traditional role as a multi-out reliever that could step in for an injured starter.
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.
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