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Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Ready to throw again
Hearn (elbow) is slated to begin a throwing program Monday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Hearn succumbed to left elbow inflammation during his MLB debut April 25 and has been stuck on the 10-day injured list ever since. After a month-long shutdown period, he's ready to start the recovery process in earnest, but he's probably still at least a couple weeks away from appearing in minor-league rehab games. Hearn isn't a lock to stick with the big club once he's ultimately activated from the IL.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Sitting Sunday
Mazara is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
He'll take a seat for the first time in eight games with the Angels bringing a tough lefty (Andrew Heaney) to the hill. Mazara failed to make an impact in the first two games of the series, going 0-for-9 with three strikeouts to sink his season average to .249.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Logan Forsythe: Logs fifth straight start
Forsythe will start at first base and bat fifth Sunday against the Angels.
Forsythe will draw his fifth consecutive start, but his path to an everyday role nonetheless appears more blocked than it was a week ago. The Rangers brought Elvis Andrus (hamstring) back from the 10-day injured list Saturday, no longer leaving Forsythe the top option for starts at shortstop.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Catches breather Sunday
Guzman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
Logan Forsythe will handle first-base duties in the series finale while Guzman rests with southpaw Andrew Heaney on the hill for the Angels. Over 127 career plate appearances versus lefties, Guzman has slashed .202/.252/.328 (49 wRC+).... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Continues scoreless run
Leclerc walked one and struck out three in one inning in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Angels.
Leclerc extended his scoreless streak to five appearances, spanning 6.1 innings. He's now allowed just one run on one hit and five walks while striking out 19 over 10 innings since being removed as the team's closer. His performance has fueled speculation that he will be reinstated in the role. That reinstatement could happen soon, after replacement closer Shawn Kelley was tagged with a blown save Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Sits due to history
Odor was not in Saturday's lineup because of his history against Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Logan Forsythe, who entered Saturday having gone 5-for-10 in his career against Skaggs, started at second base in place of Odor, who was 0-for-17 against the left-hander. For those that may have thought Odor's struggles at the dish finally prompted manager Chris Woodward to sit him against lefties, this was just a one-day thing. "When you know you are successful against a guy, I do think you go to the plate with a little more confidence," the manager said. "As a player, I knew guys that I had success against and I went up there more confident." Beginning with Skaggs, the Rangers are scheduled to face five consecutive lefties, but that doesn't necessarily mean Odor is going to sit. "I think Rougned can hit lefties," Woodward told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "I like Rougie against lefties. I think Rougie does a good job staying in there... he is our everyday second baseman. I don't want to pull the plug on him just because we are facing lefties."... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Sparks ninth-inning rally
Guzman went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in a 3-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Guzman tied the game in the ninth inning with a double that scored Danny Santana before he came around on a Rougned Odor single to give the Rangers a lead. The Angels would ultimately win with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to win it. Guzman is hitting .203 with four homers, 12 RBI and nine runs in 24 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Shawn Kelley: Charged with blown save, loss
Kelley (3-1) allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss against the Angels on Saturday.
Kelley had converted saves three times in the last four days, but he was unable to protect a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth. It's the second blown save of the season for Kelley, who now has a 2.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 18 appearances. Kelley's heavy workload this week may lead to save chances for Jose Leclerc or Chris Martin in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: On base three times in return
Andrus (hamstring) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Andrus' ninth swiped bag of the year came in the sixth inning after he got aboard with one of his two singles on the night, but he was unable to get around to score. The shortstop is hitting .331 with six homers, 26 RBI and 25 runs scored this season and will likely return to an everyday role and a lofty position in the Rangers' batting order.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mike Minor: Excellent in no-decision
Minor pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits and two walks against the Angels on Saturday. He struck out five but did not factor into decision.
The only blemish on Minor's line was a third-inning solo shot by Kole Calhoun. Minor has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts this season. The 31-year-old has a 2.55 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 72 strikeouts over 70.2 innings. He'll carry a 5-3 record into his next scheduled start, which is set for Thursday against the Royals.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Not starting Saturday
Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.
Kiner-Falefa started three of the last four games and has a 1.006 OPS over his last five games but will nonetheless head to the bench. Jeff Mathis will start behind the dish and bat ninth for the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Not starting Saturday
Odor is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Odor will sit for just the second time since returning from a knee injury in late April. His performances have hardly deserved such a regular role, as he's hitting just .154/.222/.407 over that stretch. Logan Forsythe will get the call at second base.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Returns from injured list
Andrus (hamstring) was activated off the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday's game against the Angels.
Andrus indicated he felt great after a full workout Friday, clearing the way for his return following a brief rehab assignment. The 30-year-old will retake the starting role at shortstop and bat second Saturday against Tyler Skaggs.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Expected to be activated Saturday
Andrus (hamstring) went through a full workout Friday and is expected to be activated off the injured list Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "Vacation is over," Andrus said. "I feel great. My legs feel fine. I feel like nothing happened."
Andrus got at-bats in a pair of minor-league games, going 1-for-6 as a designated hitter for Double-A Frisco before Friday's session. The Rangers optioned Delino DeShields Jr. to the minors following Friday's game, clearing a spot for Andrus' return.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Delino DeShields Jr.: Has quick stay in MLB
DeShields was optioned to Triple-A Nashville following Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
DeShields was called up to Texas on Wednesday for a quick three-day stay. His option clears a roster spot for the pending return of shortstop Elvis Andrus (hamstring).... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Shawn Kelley: Earns fifth save
Kelley picked up the save against the Angels on Friday, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
Kelley got it done once again, keeping the Angels quiet to pick up his fifth save of the season. The right-hander, who has stepped in while Jose Leclerc has worked on his mechanics, has a 1.59 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 17 innings.... See More ... See Less