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Tanner Scheppers moving into the rotation hasn’t worked for the Rangers

Apr 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Injuries forced the Rangers to make some last-minute adjustments to their rotation and they decided to give Tanner Scheppers the Opening Day start despite the fact that he’d never started a big-league game before.

It went poorly, as have his other starts, and now Scheppers may not be long for the rotation. Manager Ron Washington declined to feed into that speculation, but Scheppers has a 9.82 ERA while allowing a league-high 20 runs in 18 innings, serving up four homers. Last season, as a full-time reliever, he had a 1.88 ERA in 77 innings and his average fastball was 2.5 miles per hour faster in the bullpen.

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas guesses that the Rangers will give Scheppers one more start to prove himself, as which point replacing him with Double-A right-hander Nick Martinez could be an option. Left-hander Matt Harrison is also nearly ready to come off the disabled list. And then the question would become whether the brief stint in the rotation will have a lingering negative impact on Scheppers’ work as a reliever.

  1. xsherr - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    The kid was dirty out of the pen last year.

  2. echech88 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Isn’t this how they broke Feliz too?

  3. unlost1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Nolan Ryan could do better

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