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Rangers' Adrian Sampson: Fails to earn win
Sampson allowed two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk across 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Saturday.
The only runs he allowed on the night came on a homer in the fifth. After the bomb, two of the next three hitters reached, though, and before Alex Bregman came to bat with two runners aboard, the Rangers lifted Sampson in favor of a reliever. That ultimately cost him a shot at the win. Sampson is 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 18 innings this season. His next start should be against at the Mariners on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Asdrubal Cabrera: Downplays shoulder issue
Cabrera said he felt a "pop" in his shoulder during Saturday's win over the Astros but indicated he'd be able to play in Sunday's series finale, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Cabrera had an odd sequence during the game in which he made an unusually weak throw to first base and was seen grabbing and testing his shoulder afterwards, though he never actually exited the game. The 33-year-old said he visited the athletic trainer after the game and won't undergo an MRI, so there doesn't appear to be any real concern from the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Struggles in return from IL
Burke (finger) was charged with seven runs (five earned) over two innings for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. He struck out two and issued three walks.
A blister issue put Burke on the injured list after his first start of the 2019 season. He struggled in his return, but Burke has not since been moved back to the IL, nor has there been any suggestion that his pitching schedule may be altered. Burke, a top piece acquired in the Jurickson Profar trade, features a plus fastball and a plus breaking ball, but the lefty's command needs some work.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jeanmar Gomez: Battered by Astros
Gomez allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 7-2 loss to Houston.
Gomez had been a reasonably serviceable arm out of the Rangers' bullpen until he had to face the hottest hitting team in baseball. The Astros pummeled starter Drew Smyly, who lasted just 3.2 innings, setting the stage for a line of Texas relievers. Gomez squelched a threat in the fourth inning but was tattooed for three consecutive doubles and a single in the fifth inning before getting pulled. The 31-year-old will continue in a middle-relief role for now.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brett Martin: Makes MLB debut
Martin pitched a clean ninth inning in Friday's 7-2 loss to Houston.
He made his major-league debut hours after being called up from Triple-A Nashville on Friday. Since being converted to a reliever in 2018, Martin has had better results and was cruising with the Sounds prior to his callup. With Texas, Martin will pitch in low-leverage spots.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Clubs seventh homer
Gallo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Astros.
His ninth-inning blast didn't have any impact on the final result, but it did give Gallo seven homers in 16 games to begin the year. His .246/.368/.649 slash line counts as a plus considering he hasn't hit above .209 in either of the last two seasons, but his elevated strikeout rate will never allow him to be a true asset in that category.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Danny Santana: Pops first homer
Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Astros.
The switch hitter continues to make a good impression on Texas, slashing .278/.278/.611 in five games since his addition to the roster, although Friday's homer was his first. Even after Rougned Odor (knee) gets healthy and reclaims the starting second base job, Santana could well stick around in a utility role.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Drew Smyly: Quick exit against Astros
Smyly (0-2) took the loss Friday as the Rangers fell 7-2 to the Astros, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks over 3.2 innings while striking out eight.
The latest skirmish in the Battle of Texas didn't go the Rangers' way and Smyly took the worst of it. serving up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman in the first inning. The southpaw has yet to last more than five innings in a start, and he'll limp into his next outing Wednesday in Oakland with a 7.80 ERA and 19:10 K:BB through 15 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Not starting Friday
Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.
Kiner-Falefa is slashing .276/.400/.310 through 36 plate appearances but will head to the bench Friday. Jeff Mathis gets the nod, and each player has now made nine starts behind the plate.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Asdrubal Cabrera: Returns to action Friday
Cabrera (hand) is starting at third base and batting sixth against the Astros on Friday.
Cabrera made a precautionary exit from Wednesday's game against the Angels after tweaking his hand on a dive to first base, but is good to go following Thursday's scheduled off day. The 33-year-old will look to continue his five-game hit streak in which he is 6-for-17 with three home runs and six RBI.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brett Martin: Joins big-league club
Martin was called up from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
Martin spent all of 2018 at Double-A Frisco and struggled with a 7.28 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 96:29 K:BB over 89 innings. However, the 23-year-old started much better this season at Nashville with only one run allowed over eight innings while recording 10 strikeouts. Martin figures to begin in a low-leverage bullpen role as he gets set for his major-league debut with the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kyle Bird: Optioned to Triple-A
Bird was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after Wednesday's game against the Angels.
Bird has accumulated a 6.75 ERA and collected one save in 5.1 innings of relief this season. The 26-year-old will serve as organizational depth in the minors and will probably get the call later in the season when the big-league team needs reinforcements. The Rangers will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Nearing return
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Guzman (hamstring) is running at 75-to-80 percent, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Guzman, who is on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, is nearing a return and will be evaluated Monday. The results of that examination should determine how close Guzman is to being ready for a rehabilitation assignment.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Begins baseball activities
Odor (knee) took groundballs and batting practice Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Odor, who also did some light jogging, was placed on the 10-day injured list after sustaining the injury while stretching in the clubhouse last Friday. While he's out of the lineup, Danny Santana has been the Rangers' everyday second baseman.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Patrick Wisdom: Fills in at third base
Wisdom entered Wednesday's game after Asdrubal Cabrera was removed due to a hand injury. Wisdom struck out in his only at-bat.
The Rangers are downplaying Cabrera's injury, referring to his removal from the game as precautionary. Texas next plays Friday, so the team has time to monitor how the hand responds before making a decision about Cabrera's availability. If Cabrera can't go, expect Wisdom to fill in at third base.... See More ... See Less