Crouse has a bone spur in the back of his right elbow and will need a cleanup procedure following the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
This news confirms an earlier report that the right-hander was pitching through a spur, but it wasn't clear where exactly it was. Crouse is currently at Low-A Hickory and is 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.11 WHIP after 11 starts.
Crouse is pitching through a bone spur, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
It is unclear exactly where the bone spur is, but it could be in his right elbow. He gave up seven runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings in his most recent outing for Low-A Hickory, and has a 4.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 45:9 K:BB in 47 innings (11 starts) this season.
Crouse's next scheduled turn through the rotation at Low-A Hickory will be skipped as part of an effort to manage his innings, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Crouse was dominant in his four starts for the Crawdads before meeting more resistance from opponents in his last two outings. He's thrown 28 innings thus far, more than half of the 54.2 he threw in 2018, with another 16 weeks left in the season.
Crouse gave up one hit and struck out nine in five shutout innings in his second start for Low-A Hickory.
He has not walked a batter and has only given up two hits (.074 average against) through 7.2 innings (two starts) in the Sally League. Crouse's stuff is not in question; he just has one of the least visually appealing deliveries of any notable pitching prospect, which leads some evaluators to question his ability to make it as a starting pitcher. If he keeps pounding the zone, the numbers should be excellent for Crouse this season.
Crouse was promoted to Low-A Hickory on Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Crouse, the Rangers' second-round pick in 2017, earned the promotion after recording a 2.37 ERA with a 31.1 percent strikeout rate in eight starts for short-season Spokane. The 19-year-old has potential frontline upside with a fastball that can touch 99 mph and a plus curveball. Scouts have questions about his unusual mechanics, but they haven't manifested in poor control so far, as he posted a solid 7.3 percent walk rate for Spokane.
Crouse allowed one hit and struck out 11 without a walk in seven scoreless innings for short-season Spokane on Friday.
Crouse, 19, retired the final 17 batters faced in what was clearly his best outing of the year. The Rangers' second-round pick in 2017 has experienced mixed results thus far and may need to string together a few positive starts before getting a promotion to a full-season affiliate.
Crouse tossed five scoreless innings for short-season Spokane in a 5-2 win over Everett on Wednesday. He gave up two hits and two walks and struck out six.
Crouse's 2018 debut was delayed until last week due to a bout of biceps tendinitis along with the Rangers' desire to limit his innings load in his first full season in the professional ranks. The 2017 second-round pick has looked good through his first two outings and is unlikely to face much of a challenge from opposing hitters until he heads to a full-season affiliate.
Crouse suffered a cut on his right middle finger during warmups and was scratched from a scheduled start for short-season Spokane on Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Crouse, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, is only expected to miss a start or two.
Crouse was held back in extended spring training due to biceps tendinitis, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Crouse didn't pitch until the final week of April and will likely begin play this year with Spokane of the short-season Northwest League. The 19-year-old right-hander had an excellent debut last season, holding batters to a .109 average over 20 innings in the Arizona rookie league.
Crouse is being held back in extended spring training, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
This is a little surprising, as Crouse was utterly dominant in 20 innings in the AZL last year, and he has the stuff to get Low-A hitters out right now. That said, there is probably a pretty strict workload cap for him this season, and by delaying his assignment, he should be able to pitch until the end of the season, likely finishing the year in the Sally League.
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