Tanner Scheppers has been place on the disabled list for the second time this season with right elbow inflammation.
“Dr. Keith Meister saw the MRI, he hasn’t had a chance to meet with Tanner yet, they spoke on the phone” said general manager Jon Daniels. “His read on it, after examining Tanner last night and seeing him today, is that he reinjured it, the same thing he did last time.”
After a rehab stint in Frisco, Scheppers has been back with the Rangers for just under a week. In an appearance against the Marlins Tuesday night, Scheppers once again felt pain in his elbow. Though Dr. Meister doesn’t believe this is a surgical situation, Scheppers will be down for the count awhile longer.
“We shut him down for three weeks, and he felt good through rehab appearances until last night” said Daniels. “I think it will be a more prolonged shut down period, what that is exactly, six weeks long, we haven’t determined exactly. But he’s going to be no throw for awhile.”
There have now been 20 stints on the disabled list for the Rangers this season, and we’re barely into June. It’s easy to grow frustrated, and though Daniels still believes his Rangers have a shot at the playoffs, he realizes that’s hard when you have guys falling down left and right.
“I think for the first dozen injuries we were, but at this point, I don’t know if there is a word to describe it” said Daniels. “Obviously we’re going to take every precaution. I’m not frustrated with anybody in particular, I’m certainly frustrated with our ability to keep players on the field.”
Manager Ron Washington believes that the Rangers are close to catching a break, they’ve just got to work hard and pay their dues.
“At some point, we’ve got to get blessed by the baseball God’s” said Washington. “But we’ve got to make that happen. They’re not just gonna come down and say ya’ll have been through enough.”
Rowen recalled from Round Rock
With Scheppers on the DL, the Rangers have recalled submarine right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Triple-A Round Rock. It will be the major league debut for 25 year old Rowen, but he has been handling minor league batters extremely well recently.
“He’s been throwing well” said Washington. “I don’t think he’s given up very much down there. I’m looking forward to seeing him. Hope he continues to throw the ball well up here.”
Rowen currently has a 2.75 ERA at Round Rock, and has only given up a total of eleven runs in 97.2 IP the past two season. At the very least, his submarine style should make him fun to watch.
Adduci reinjures finger
Jim Adduci had two screws put in his left little finger today, and is out approximately three to four weeks.
Adduci had surgery on his finger earlier this year, and shortly after having pins removed rebroke the same finger while on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Round Rock.