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Rangers shut down Tanner Scheppers

Apr 18, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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This morning I wrote about how the Rangers had to be considering removing Tanner Scheppers from the rotation given his awful performance through four starts and now they’ve placed him on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. According to T.R. Sullivan of an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but he’ll be shut down for at least 10 days.

Scheppers’ velocity has been down 2.5 miles per hour compared to last season, but that’s likely due mostly to shifting from the bullpen to the rotation and his average fastball of 93.8 miles per hour is still pretty damn fast.

However, after throwing 77 innings with a 1.88 ERA as a full-time reliever last season Scheppers coughed up 20 runs in 18 innings as a starter this year, which is not what the Rangers had in mind after naming him their Opening Day starter despite zero big-league starts under his belt.

Left-hander Matt Harrison is fairly close to coming off the disabled list to make his season debut, but if the Rangers need a fill-in starter for 1-2 more turns in the rotation Double-A right-hander Nick Martinez could get the nod.

  1. Balladeer - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Hopefully not Daniel Bard redux.

  2. Balladeer - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I wish him the best; he’s got a lot of talent.

    The Rangers have had some tough luck

  3. eyefeeler - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I said before the season…why move an all star away from why he was an all star?

    • Reflex - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Because 200 innings is worth more than 77.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I’m just throwing this out there…..

    I am uncomfortable with the fact that people named “Tanner” or now at an age where they can actually have an impact on society.

    I will never vote for a politician named Tanner. Because that’s just silly.

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