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Rangers choose Nick Tepesch as fifth starter

Mar 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Injuries to Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, and Martin Perez have forced the Rangers to dig deeper into their pitching depth than they’d like and they’ve picked Nick Tepesch as their fifth starter.

Tepesch is 24 years old and has yet to pitch above Double-A. And in fact he wasn’t even all that good at Double-A, making 14 starts there with a 4.28 ERA, 68/26 K/BB ratio, and 97 hits allowed in 90 innings.

Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman were also in the running for the spot, but the Rangers decided they preferred them both in the bullpen and opted not to make a run at free agent Kyle Lohse. Instead they’ll hope that Tepesch can hold his own until Lewis or Perez is ready in a couple months.

  1. coryfor3 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Not a first option obviously. I hear Nolan Ryan might be looking for different employment soon. Maybe….

  2. fordman84 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Doesn’t look like he will even get many starts as the 5th before Lewis might be ready to go. Texas actually has to send him to the minors to get work and stay on schedule for the first week or so.

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