Darvish to pitch Friday
Yu Darvish is scheduled to start on Friday, after a regular four days of rest between starts despite the team’s off day Monday. This comes after nine days of rest before his last start Sunday.
“He didn’t really throw that many pitches Sunday so he’s good,” manager Ron Washington said.
Darvish likely would’ve received the extra day of rest and started Saturday, had he not had such a long layoff before his last start. He was scratched from his scheduled start last Tuesday with neck stiffness, the second start he has missed this season.
“It’s not like we’re trying to make anything up,” Washington said. “He can handle the five days. If we get another day off, he might get that extra day.”
Relieving for the RoughRiders
Tanner Scheppers, on track to return to the Rangers’ bullpen, will appear for the Frisco RoughRiders Tuesday night. He was transferred to the Double-A affiliate when the team decided he needed an extra game on his rehab stint.
Washington said no decision has been made on a plan going forward for the recovering reliever-turned-starter that is headed back to the ‘pen.
“Right now he’s going to pitch tonight and then we’ll see what we’re going to do,” Washington said.
The goal is to get him back to the Big League bullpen, though, Wash said.
“If he’s ready to go, nothing is going to stop us from putting him in our bullpen,” he said. “We are determined to get him back.”
On the prospect of Scheppers’s return happening as soon as Thursday, Washington simply said, “that didn’t come out of my mouth.”
New first baseman?
Jim Adduci, who will also appear in Tuesday night’s game for the RoughRiders, did work at first base at Globe Life Park in the early afternoon before heading to Frisco. Washington said it’s possible that Adduci could be in the mix for depth at the position, as Mitch Moreland, Prince Fielder’s backup, has no first basemen behind him in Fielder’s absence.
“When [Adduci] comes back, we want him to be as versatile as he can,” Washington said. “We know he can play the outfield, he played some first base for us in spring training.”
With Moreland unable to play Sunday due to a sore ankle, Donnie Murphy saw time at first base, going 3-for-4 at the plate and playing error-free baseball in the field. Washington said he has no issue putting Murphy at the position to spell Moreland.
“He’s a pro, he’s a veteran. He’s willing to do anything he needs to do for the team,” Washington said of the 31-year-old utility man.
Murphy could play first base for one or two games, but doesn’t figure in as a long term solution.
Jim Adduci getting some work in at first base at Globe Life Park before heading to Frisco tonight. pic.twitter.com/Wu3sEADGew— Baseball Texas (@BaseballTX) June 3, 2014