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Nick Tepesch exits game after taking liner to wrist

Apr 20, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

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Nick Tepesch left in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Mariners after taking a Jesus Montero liner off of his right wrist. Gerry Fraley reports that the abrasion was visible, which is usually not a good sign.

This unfortunate news comes a day after Rangers GM said he is standing pat with his starting pitching. It is also the second time a Mariners hitter knocked out a Rangers pitcher with a line drive — Brad Miller hit Martin Perez in a spring training game.

Adam Morris, of SB Nation’s Rangers blog Lone Star Ball, suggests on Twitter that the Rangers’ options to replace Tepesch include current reliever Derek Lowe and Josh Lindblom, who has started two games with Triple-A Little Rock.

  1. reeggss - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    That’s a shame, the kid was showing some promise. Hope it’s not too serious.

  2. hittfamily - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Hellickson for Profar and Olt. Everyone is happy.

  3. einjzmolf - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    That’s a pretty darn funny joke. I laughed.

    • hittfamily - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      WAR doesn’t value him highly, but the dude is a stud. Hellickson was a highly touted prospect. He has a 3.59 ERA and averaging over 6 IP per start this year. He was 6th in AL ERA last year at 3.10. He was 7th in the AL in 2011 with a 2.95. In 2010 he had a 3.47 ERA in 36 innings pitched. 2011 – 2013 he ranks 4th in AL ERA behind Verlander, Weaver and Fister. He is ahead of Price and Shields, so it isn’t just his defense and stadium.

      I always hear about “sample size” when sabermetrics are discussed. Is 430 innings enough? His advanced statistics say he is below average. His onfield performance says he is an ace. At some point, his nay sayers have to actually watch a game he pitches. He gets a lot of infield fly balls, and for some reason he is a better pitcher out of the stretch, which helps account for his strand rate. He is freaking great at keeping the other team from scoring. Over a large sample size, Jeremy Hellickson has been a stud.

      Why is 4 years of control of a top starter for 2 highly touted, untested prospects laughable? Am I asking too little for Hellickson.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Hellickson is good, bordering on very good. There are some issues I’d have, if I were the Rangers, such as: His peripherals aren’t that great, and suggest his ERA is helped by the great TB defense. If his new walk rate is indicative of how he’ll pitch going forward, it looks a lot better. However, a guy who only strikes out 6 per 9, walks 3 per 9 and gives up more than a HR per 9 (which is really bad in TX), may not be worth the top prospect in baseball AND the team’s other good prospect.

        He also doesn’t pitch a lot of innings. He’s essentially a 6 inning guy across those 420 innings. Can he possibly pitch longer into games? Can he keep up the lower walk rate? Not sure the Rangers would do this deal, I personally wouldn’t. But stranger things have happened.

      • cowboysoldiertx - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        I like Hellickson but he is a 4th starter to me. He is helped a lot by Tampa’s defense and would not thrive in the launching pad that is Arlington. The Ranger maybe should trade Profar and Olt… But they should get an ace for them, not a 4th starter.

      • paperlions - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        All you say is true….but the suggestion is laughable because there are a lot of teams that would offer more than Hellickson….and because Hellickson is “untested” in a hitters park. He’s pitched in Arlington once and allowed 1 HR and 10 base runners over 6 innings.

  4. billymc75 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    they also have Brad Mills in triple A whose been player of the week twice since being signed not long ago

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