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May 5, 2021 01:08 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Bullpen session on tap Wednesday
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Arihara (finger) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The 28-year-old was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start after receiving an injection in his right middle finger, but he's now scheduled for a bullpen session and could start Saturday if all goes well. Arihara was able to throw without any pain Tuesday, and he'll likely push things harder during the bullpen session.

May 4, 2021 10:00 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Testing finger Tuesday
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Arihara (finger) will play catch Tuesday, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Arihara received an injection into an area of his right middle finger that had a callus. If he's still feeling discomfort following Tuesday's session, he'll likely be placed on the injured list. However, if he makes it through without an issue, Arihara will be allowed to pitch on his next turn through the rotation. His scheduled start Wednesday is being skipped after two ineffective outings that might be related to the finger issue.

May 3, 2021 01:52 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Pushed off Wednesday's start
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Arihara (finger) will be pushed back in the Rangers' pitching schedule after Hyeon-Jong Yang was awarded the start for Arihara's next turn in the rotation Wednesday against the Twins, Chris Halicke of reports.

While Arihara won't be available to pitch on his normal rest while he contends with a sore right middle finger, the Rangers aren't yet ruling out the right-hander from making a start later in the week. He recently received an injection in the finger, and the Rangers are hopeful Arihara will show enough improvement in the coming days to avoid a stint on the injured list. The rookie right-hander has been hit hard over his last two outings, failing to escape the third inning on both occasions while surrendering five home runs and six walks between the starts.

May 2, 2021 03:56 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Gets injection for sore finger
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Arihara received an injection to address a sore right middle finger, an injury he picked up during his start in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

The sore finger and an accompanying callus on the digit likely had an effect in the rookie submitting his worst start of the season, as Boston torched him for six runs on four hits -- all home runs -- and two walks over 2.2 innings. The Rangers are optimistic that Arihara will be ready to go for his next turn through the rotation Wednesday in Minnesota, but if the injection fails to have its desired effect in a timely fashion, he'll likely be moved to the 10-day injured list. Long reliever Hyeon-Jong Yang would presumably be the top candidate to make a spot start if Arihara isn't cleared to face the Twins, according to Daniel Guerrero of

May 2, 2021 12:44 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Velocity down Friday
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Arihara exhibited diminished velocity during Friday's start, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Texas coaches entered Friday's contest concerned that Arihara was tipping pitches and are now worry about reduced velocity. He recorded just one swing-and-miss among his 55 pitches. "The speed on the split is like way lower," manager Chris Woodward said after the game. "So it's just, I don't know. I don't know if there's something. We asked him. He said he felt fine. I don't know if it's the four days rest. It's something we're going to have to address." The right-hander has allowed 11 runs and five home runs in 4.2 innings over his last two starts. Meanwhile, the Rangers got 4.1 scoreless innings out of reliever Hyeon-Jong Yang, who has shined in two bullpen-saving relief appearances this week. Woodward confirmed that Yang is being evaluated for a spot in the rotation, presumably as a replacement for Arihara.

May 1, 2021 12:40 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Allows four homers in loss
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Arihara (2-3) yielded six runs on four hits and two walks over 2.2 innings Friday, striking out one batter and taking a loss against Boston. He allowed four home runs.

Boston jumped on Arihara right out of the gate with J.D. Martinez knocking a three-run blast and Xander Bogaerts following up with a solo shot before an out was recorded. The 28-year-old then served up solo homers to Martinez and Rafael Devers in the third. After a promising start to his MLB career, Arihara has been hammered for 11 runs and five home runs in just 4.2 innings over his last two outings. He'll carry a 5.76 ERA into next week's projected start in Minnesota.

April 30, 2021 07:20 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Team addresses pitch tipping
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The Rangers addressed a potential pitch-tipping situation with Arihara ahead of his scheduled start Friday against the Red Sox, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

In his last start against the White Sox on Sunday, Arihara allowed 10 baserunners in just two innings. Chicago batters laid off his splitter and changeup, which aroused suspicion among Texas coaches. "I did kind of see something there," manager Chris Woodward said. "[Co-pitching coach] Doug [Mathis] talked to him a little bit about it, just to make sure that we get ahead of it. I don't know if they had it or not, but it just looked kind of fishy to me."

April 26, 2021 03:00 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Struggles in loss Sunday
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Arihara (2-2) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over two innings in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday. He failed to record a strikeout.

Arihara needed 70 pitches (40 strikes) to labor through two innings in his worst of five starts this year. He had pitched 11.1 scoreless innings over his last two outings before Sunday's poor showing. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 4.03 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 13:7 K:BB in 22.1 innings overall. His next start is expected to be Friday versus the Red Sox.

April 20, 2021 11:40 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Mixing pitches with success
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Arihara has reverted to the unpredictable style of pitching that made him successful in Japan, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He threw seven different pitches in Monday's win over the Angels, according to Statcast.

Arihara tried to establish the fastball during his first two starts, in which he went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA. Since that didn't work, he went back to the style he used back in Japan, and the results over his two most recent starts have been far more impressive -- 11.1 scoreless innings with an 11:2 K:BB.

April 20, 2021 01:00 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Fires 5.2 scoreless innings
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Arihara (2-1) yielded two hits and two walks over 5.2 shutout innings Monday, striking out six batters and earning a win over the Angels.

Arihara put a runner on base in each of the first two innings but quickly wiped them out with a double play both times. The only trouble he really created was in the sixth inning when he let two Angels get on base with two outs. He was removed and Brett Martin finished off the inning without letting a run come home. Arihara will carry a strong 2.21 ERA into Sunday's road start against the White Sox.

April 15, 2021 12:04 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Earns first big-league win
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Arihara (1-1) allowed three hits and no walks while striking out five across 5.2 scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Rays.

Arihara earned his first major-league win in a strong effort against the Rays. After punching out only two batters across his first two starts combined, Arihara showcased more swing-and-miss stuff by generating 12 whiffs on 85 total pitches. He's also showcased exceptional control of his pitches, walking only one batter across 14.2 frames this season while maintaining a 3.07 ERA. Arihara projects to take his next turn through the rotation Monday at the Angels.

April 11, 2021 02:28 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Takes loss Friday
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Arihara (0-1) took his first loss of the season Friday against the Padres, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out a batter over four innings.

Arihara had a smooth first inning but ran into trouble thereafter, as he allowed two runs in the second and an additional one in the third on a pair of extra-base hits and a sacrifice fly. The 28-year-old has been capped at 73 pitches in each of his first two outings, meaning he typically won't go deep enough into the game to earn a win. The Rangers haven't given him much run support, as they were victims of the first no-hitter in Padres history Friday night, but Arihara hasn't been particularly impressive either, giving up 11 hits and five earned runs in nine innings while striking out just two batters. He'll take the bump again versus the Rays on Wednesday.

April 3, 2021 08:56 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Decent showing in MLB debut
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Arihara gave up three runs on six hits and zero walks over five innings during Saturday's 11-4 loss to the Royals. He had one strikeout and didn't factor in the decision.

The 28-year-old started with four scoreless frames in his MLB debut, though he was pulled after surrendering three runs during the fifth inning. Arihara exited in line for the victory, but Kansas City erupted for seven runs during the sixth inning. The right-hander lines up for his second start of the season Friday against the Padres.

March 29, 2021 04:40 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Named number two starter
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Arihara will start the second game of the season Saturday in Kansas City, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Arihara is coming off something of a down season in Japan, with his ERA rising a full run to a still-solid 3.46 and his strikeout rate falling to 19.4 percent, but he's found himself with a team where starts shouldn't be hard to come by. The Rangers will open with just three true starters to begin the season, using tandem arrangements for the other two spots, but Arihara is one of the ones who will be relied upon to handle a starter's workload. He looked worthy of one this spring, posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 11:1 K:BB in four starts.

March 22, 2021 08:08 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Rough 'B' game
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Arihara started five innings in a "B" game Sunday but failed to record three outs in four of them, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Arihara had all kinds of issues in the game that kicked off at 10 AM. He began by walking three and hitting one batter during a first inning in which he failed to get an out. The right-hander struggled to get a grip on the ball and was seen applying hand cream after the first inning to get a feel for the ball. "More than the ball slipping, I didn't like the way my body was moving today," he said through an interpreter. "I felt like my weight transformation had me diving forward too much and my arm speed couldn't get where I would like. I want to be able to perform, and today was frustrating." This was the second time this spring that Arihara has referred to having an issue gripping the ball.

March 15, 2021 07:52 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Progresses in third start
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Arihara allowed two hits and struck out three over a scoreless four innings in Sunday's spring game against the Rockies.

Arihara has made the typical progression in spring outings, working his way from two to three and now four innings. He'll get at least two more spring starts to get ready for the start of the regular season. Arihara is projected as one of the top three rotation members.

March 9, 2021 10:16 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Makes second spring appearance
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Arihara allowed one run on two hits over three innings in Monday's spring game against the Cubs.

Arihara showed better control of his seven pitches in this outing than he did in his debut, when he gave up three runs and five hits. The downside Monday was the fielding behind him -- two first-inning errors by non-regulars (Charlie Culberson and Andy Ibanez) extended the inning and used up some of Arihara's pitch count. Per Kennedi Landry of, Arihara typically pitches to contact, so he needs quality fielders behind him.

March 3, 2021 03:56 PM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Throws two truncated innings
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Arihara allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two over two innings in Tuesday's spring game against the White Sox.

Arihara had a rough debut while running into trouble in each inning, leading to the second frame getting rolled by manager Chris Woodward with the bases loaded and Jose Abreu due up. The Rangers manager also ended the first inning early after the right-hander reached the 20-pitch limit and permitted a three-run home run to Andrew Vaughn. Through an interpreter, Arihara told Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News that he was unable to consistently locate many of his seven pitches. He also talked about a more slippery ball in MLB relative to the ball used in the Japanese league. Despite the pitcher's struggles, Woodward had a positive assessment of Arihara's outing.

February 27, 2021 11:04 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Scheduled for third spring game
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Arihara is set to start the Rangers' third spring game Tuesday against the White Sox, Kennedi Landry of reports.

Arihara, who is a likely member of the rotation, will follow Kyle Gibson, the presumptive Opening Day starter, for Monday's spring game. The right-handed Arihara had a 3.46 ERA over 132.2 innings in Japan last season.

February 18, 2021 08:16 AM
Rangers' Kohei Arihara: Expected member of rotation
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Texas manager Chris Woodward expects Arihara to be part of the rotation in 2021, Kenndi Landry of reports.

Woodward sketched out his rotation Wednesday, noting Arihara, Mike Foltynewicz and Kyle Gibson are expected to be part of it. Beyond that, Kyle Cody, Dane Dunning and Jordan Lyles will be in the mix. The 28-year-old Arihara posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 106 strikeouts and 30 walks over 132.2 innings for Nippon of Japan Pacific League in 2020.

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