Hearn pitched three hitless innings, allowing one walk while striking out three in the loss to the Astros on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision.
Hearn received his second start of the season Sunday despite primarily being used as a bulk-inning reliever. Although he was pulled after three innings, he didn't allow any hits, and only one batter reached base safely via a walk. The 26-year-old has a 5.40 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 38.1 innings. However, he has allowed only one run on three hits over his last 13 innings.
Hearn will start Sunday against the Astros, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Hearn will draw his second start of the season, though it's hard to see him working deep into the game. While he regularly throws multiple innings out of the bullpen, Hearn has not completed more than two frames since April 12. Mike Foltynewicz is available out of the bullpen and could also chip in several innings if needed, according to Landry .
Hearn allowed one run on one walk while striking out one over 2.1 innings of relief in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Tigers.
Hearn was needed for multiple innings out of the bullpen when starter Mike Foltynewicz was yanked after four innings and three home runs. The Rangers earlier in the day said they plan to stretch out Hearn as a long reliever, but that could be a stop on the way to becoming a member of the rotation. Hearn, who was a starter in the minors, has made one start for Texas this season, memorable for all the wrong reasons; he gave up four runs and three walks in two-thirds of an inning. As a reliever, Hearn has delivered a 3.97 ERA over 45.1 innings. If the Rangers flip Kyle Gibson at the trade deadline or decide that Foltynewicz (6.11 ERA, 2.6 HR/9) or Jordan Lyles (5.20 ERA, 2.9 HR/9) isn't working out, Hearn could join the rotation in August.
Hearn is expected to be stretched out to a longer role in the near future, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports.
Hearn has pitched more than two innings in a given outing twice this season, but he could be used as a long reliever going forward. The Rangers haven't said whether the southpaw will be used as a traditional starter in 2021, but he could claim a spot in the starting rotation if Kyle Gibson is traded away prior to the end of July.
Hearn (2-3) allowed one unearned run on a hit and a walk over 1.1 innings as he took the loss Friday against the Mariners.
Hearn pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to send the game into extras. He came back out to start the 10th frame but was unable to keep the game-deciding run from scoring. Shed Long started off by sacrificing the runner over to third and Jake Fraley was able to end the game on an infield single to the second baseman. It was Hearn's second loss in his last three appearances and he now owns a 5.40 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 43:22 K:BB over 38.1 innings this season.
Hearn (2-2) allowed four earned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two in two-thirds innings pitched, taking the loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.
Hearn struggled with his command, surrendering five baserunners while recording two outs. The Rangers had hoped he could make it through at least two innings. Hearn got the start over Jordan Lyles, but Lyles ended up pitching six innings in relief. The southpaw failed to pitch a full inning for just the second time this season and allowed a season-high four runs. His 21 walks in 36 innings is worrisome and he likely won't see regular starts if this continues.
Hearn will be the starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against Oakland, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Jordan Lyles was initially lined up to start the second game of the four-game set, but Texas will turn to Hearn instead. Hearn hasn't pitched more than two innings since April 12, and according to Weaver, the club is hoping to get at most three innings out of the left-hander Tuesday. Assuming Lyles is healthy, he would figure to be a strong candidate to follow Hearn and provide length out of the bullpen.
Hearn allowed three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out three over 2.1 innings in Thursday's 5-0 loss to Seattle.
Hearn was needed for multiple relief innings in a piggyback situation for Kolby Allard, who was making a spot start. The Rangers grew concerned about Hearn's performance back in April, but the left-hander had turned it around nicely before Thursday's effort. He entered the contest with no earned runs allowed over the last 11.2 innings, which was partially attributed to cutting down on free passes. Hearn will continue to fill a multi-inning relief role, which has been an area of need due to starters unable to give the team length.
The Rangers have a list of concerns about Hearn's performance thus far in 2021, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. After seven outings, he has a 7.59 ERA and 2.06 WHIP over 10.2 innings.
The first issue is Hearn's velocity when facing first batters. He averages a robust 95.1 mph overall, but against first hitters, that average drops to 93.1. "There is no reason to ease your way in," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "You've got to have your best fastball from pitch one. That's something you've got to do in the bullpen or in the warmup. There is plenty of time to get loose. It's definitely hurt him at this point." He's also struggled when falling behind in the count, allowing opposing hitters to go 6-for-11 with nine walks when they've gotten ahead of him. And if that's not enough, the left-hander has been raked by right-handed batters, who are slashing .423/.516/.923 against him. All four home runs he's allowed have been to righties. The need for relievers to face at least three batters means they have to be competitive to opposite-side hitters. Where this leaves Hearn is unclear. He had been serving as a tandem starter but has thrown just 2.1 innings over his last three outings.
Hearn (0-1) took the loss Monday as the Rangers fell 1-0 to the Rays, giving up one run on one hit and two walks over three innings of relief. He struck out seven.
The southpaw was impressive as the second half of the Rangers' tandem Monday following four scoreless innings from Dane Dunning, but Hearn's only real mistake got taken deep by Willy Adames with two outs in the seventh inning for the game's only run. Hearn had a shaky start to the season and still holds a 5.40 ERA through 8.1 innings, but his 12:5 K:BB highlights his potential.
Hearn allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two over 2.1 innings in Thursday's 14-10 loss to Kansas City.
In what may have been one of the ugliest Opening Day games in MLB history, the stretched-out Hearn came on in relief of starter Kyle Gibson, who lasted one-third of an inning and left with a 135.00 ERA. Hearn is part of one of Texas' tandem rotation slots and was originally expected to pitch Sunday on what would now be two days rest.
Hearn will pair with Jordan Lyles to form a starting tandem to open the regular season, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers set the opening week rotation, which includes two sets of tandem starters. Lyles and Hearn will slot in as third in the rotation and pitch Sunday, April 4, against the Royals. Texas manager Chris Woodward did say Lyles is "close" to becoming a traditional starter, citing the right-hander's strong spring. If that were to happen, then Hearn would move to the bullpen in a traditional reliever role.
Hearn will be on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
The 26-year-old has made five appearances in spring training and given up five earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and six walks over 10.2 innings. Hearn's exact role remains unclear, as the Rangers have floated the idea of utilizing tandem starters at the back end of the rotation, but he'll at least have a spot on the major-league roster.
Hearn hit a batter and struck out two over 2.1 scoreless innings in Thursday's spring game against the Athletics.
Hearn hit the first batter he faced then recorded seven consecutive outs during his second Cactus League start. "It was dominant," manager Chris Woodward told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "He blew the doors off some guys. I think he really found himself last year and that has only continued. He looks like he belongs." The left-hander has relied heavily on a fastball-slider combination so far, but he'll get stretched out and face a lineup a second time through in his next outing, and he'll need to make his changeup an effective third pitch.
Hearn allowed one walk and struck out one over two scoreless innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
Hearn is prepared to fill whatever role the Rangers have in mind, and the left-hander is being built up as a starter during spring training. "We're gonna kind of take it slow with him, but I think eventually, I see that he's got stuff enough to be a traditional starter," manager Chris Woodward told Kennedi Landry of MLB.com. The manager added commanding the strike zone consistently will be an important determinant for Hearn. The pitcher did well in that regard Saturday, throwing 17 strikes among his 26 pitches, and showed good poise in the second inning when he settled down after throwing five straight pitches outside the zone.
Hearn will be stretched out this spring, but he does not yet have a defined role, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers still view Hearn as a starter long term, but he was used out of the bullpen in 2020. The left-hander had a 3.63 ERA and 1.38 WHIP while striking out 23 and walking 11 over 17.1 relief innings last season and looks to be used in a similar fashion in 2021.
Hearn allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over two innings in Saturday's 10-1 loss to the Mariners.
Hearn, who was recalled from the alternate camp Aug. 10, has been throwing out of the bullpen since joining the roster. He was in the mix for a rotation spot in summer camp and could be a candidate in the near term. Saturday's starter, Jordan Lyles, was removed after giving up eight runs and 11 hits in four innings, pushing his ERA to 9.25. If the Rangers consider a change in the rotation, Hearn would be an option.
Hearn won't be a member of the Rangers' Opening Day roster, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old had hope of beginning the season as the Rangers' top left-handed reliever since Joely Rodriguez (lat) and Brett Martin (illness) have been unavailable, but he'll end up reporting to the team's alternate training site. Hearn has traditionally been a starter in the minors and missed most of 2019 with an elbow injury.
Hearn could emerge as a top left-handed reliever for the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Hearn is a starter but is not expected to be needed in that role this season. As such, the Rangers are looking at the southpaw for a potential bullpen role. That became more likely in light of recent events. The team's top two left-handed relievers are Joely Rodriguez and Brett Martin. Rodriguez has been sidelined with a lat muscle strain and has not thrown off a mound yet, while Martin is out indefinitely after testing positive for COVID-19. Hearn has just one game of MLB experience, but he impressed coaches during spring training and could be needed early.
Hearn could be kept on an expanded roster when the MLB season begins, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports. Reports indicate that rosters may expand up to 30 players.
As MLB and the players' union iron out details for an abbreviated season, Rangers pitching coach Julio Rangel is thinking about his staff. The plan calls for starters to build up to 75-to-80 pitches during a mini-spring training. Rangel said starters may not go deep into games early, so support will be needed in the form of multi-inning relievers. "Once the season starts, we might not let them go as deep just to make sure the guys are getting back into shape, feeling good, and bouncing back well from outing to outing. Once we see that and they are able to get at least two or three outings where they get through five [innings] and 90 pitches, then we'll start letting them go a bit and go from there," said the pitching coach. In that event, the left-handed Hearn, along with righties Jonathan Hernandez and Luke Farrell, could be featured prominently.
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|07/10||vs OAK||L 4-8||1.2||1||0||0||1|
|07/07||vs DET||L 3-5||1.0||0||0||1||2|
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