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Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman Works eighth inning
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 7:09 AM
Chapman struck one over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Angels.
Analysis: It was a 2-0 game in the eighth inning when manager Bruce Bochy had Chapman enter the game. Bochy had Jose Leclerc in mind for the save, which never materialized after the Rangers scored three times in the top of the ninth. Chapman is having a shaky September and appears to be sharing the closer duty with Leclerc.
Jose Leclerc
Jose Leclerc Pitches ninth inning
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 7:01 AM
Leclerc allowed one walk and struck out two over one inning in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Angels.
Analysis: It was 2-0 game entering the eighth inning, when manager Bruce Bochy sent Aroldis Chapman into the game with the thought of Leclerc closing out the ninth. After the Rangers scored three runs in the top of the ninth, Leclerc's save opportunity went away. Nevertheless, Leclerc is back in the mix for saves after recording two in the last week and was in position for a third Wednesday. Over the last seven outings, Leclerc has three holds and two saves while striking out 11 over 7.1 innings.
Corey Seager
Corey Seager Collects two hits after HBP
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 6:45 AM
Seager went 2-for-5 in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Angels.
Analysis: Seager, who was removed from Tuesday's game after getting hit by a pitch on the forearm, didn't miss much time. He was back in the starting lineup Wednesday and delivered a couple of singles. The shortstop extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which he's 10-for-32 (.313).
Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer Throws off mound
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:21 PM
Scherzer (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Wednesday's bullpen session comes just two weeks after Scherzer was diagnosed with a low-grade strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder -- an injury that was expected to take 8-to-12 weeks to recover from. Multiple additional mound sessions will be required before Scherzer is able to progress to facing hitters, but the 39-year-old seems determined to make it back to the Rangers' rotation for the postseason.
Jake Latz
Jake Latz Optioned to Triple-A
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:07 PM
The Rangers optioned Latz to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Latz will lose his spot in Texas' bullpen as Josh Sborz (hamstring) returns from the injured list Wednesday. Latz turned in two solid outings with the Rangers this season, combining for 4.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts, and he could be in a position to compete for a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster in 2024.
Josh Sborz
Josh Sborz Returns from IL
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:03 PM
The Rangers reinstated Sborz (hamstring) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Sborz has been on the injured list since Sept. 5 due to a strained hamstring. He threw one inning during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, during which he gave up two hits and struck out three batters. The 29-year-old righty has put up a 5.80 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 49.2 frames this season and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage outings as the Rangers push for a postseason spot. Jake Latz was optioned to Round Rock in a corresponding move.
Corey Seager
Corey Seager In lineup after HBP
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 5:42 PM
Seager (forearm) is starting at shortstop and batting second Wednesday against the Angels.
Analysis: Seager was removed from Tuesday's loss to the Angels a few innings after taking a Reid Detmers fastball off his right forearm, but X-rays turned up negative and he will immediately return to action for the Rangers in Wednesday's series finale. The 29-year-old has delivered a robust .332/.394/.640 batting line with 33 homers, 42 doubles and 96 RBI across 114 games this season.
Will Smith
Will Smith Makes scoreless appearance
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:17 AM
Smith allowed one walk and struck out one over a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday's 9-3 loss to the Angels.
Analysis: Smith, who normally works as setup reliever when the Rangers are leading, made a low-leverage appearance following a rough stretch. The left-hander was tagged for six runs on six hits and three walks over his previous three outings. It's unclear whether using Smith in a mop-up role was a way to give him a positive feeling about an outing or if it was because he hadn't thrown in five days. It may have been a little of both.
Jon Gray
Jon Gray Undergoes imaging
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:07 AM
Gray (wrist) underwent imaging Tuesday and is awaiting the results, MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Gray was removed from Monday's game ahead of the bottom of the seventh inning. He came out to warm up but quickly left with trainers. The Rangers have described the decision to remove the right-hander as precautionary.
Corey Seager
Corey Seager Exits with forearm bruise
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 10:36 PM
Seager was removed from Tuesday's game against the Angels with a right forearm contusion, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Seager took a 93-mph fastball off his forearm during the fifth inning and initially stayed in the game, but he was later removed during the sixth. Given the Rangers were down by eight runs at the time of Seager's removal, it's possible the decision to pull him was simply precautionary, but the team will still take a closer look at him and monitor his condition as the postseason approaches.
Evan Carter
Evan Carter Hits bench versus lefty
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 5:39 PM
Carter isn't in the Rangers' lineup Tuesday versus the Angels.
Analysis: Carter has gotten off to a fast start to his major-league career, slashing .326/.429/.696 with four homers and 10 RBI over his first 17 games. He'll sit down Tuesday with lefty Reid Detmers starting for Los Angeles, and Robbie Grossman will take over in left field.
Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer Ramping up throwing program
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 8:36 AM
Scherzer (shoulder) upped the intensity of his flat-ground throwing Monday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: We're only two weeks into the projected 8-to-12 week timetable Scherzer was given after being diagnosed with a low-grade strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder. Clearly, Scherzer is doing his best to beat that timeline, perhaps by a significant margin. "It's another step forward," Scherzer said. "I'm continuing to strengthen my arm. [Throwing off] the mound is close." Scherzer still has multiple hurdles to clear, but he's giving himself a shot to make it back for a potential Rangers postseason run.
Andrew Heaney
Andrew Heaney Works in relief Monday
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 6:20 AM
Heaney pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief during Monday's 5-1 win over the Angels.
Analysis: Heaney threw 22 pitches as part of the bullpen that covered the final three innings after starter Jon Gray left with a wrist injury. With Cody Bradford set to open Tuesday's game, it looks like the Rangers may need length out of the bullpen, which Heaney has frequently provided in September.
Robbie Grossman
Robbie Grossman Starts Monday
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 5:59 AM
Grossman started in left field and went 0-for-1 with two walks in Monday's 5-1 win over the Angels.
Analysis: Grossman, who made his first start in nearly a week, was eventually replaced by Evan Carter when righty relievers came in to pitch. Grossman's plate appearances have ticked down since injured Rangers returned to the lineup last week. He's now the short side of a platoon in left field with Carter. Grossman's made eight plate appearances over the last seven games.
Jon Gray
Jon Gray Pulled with injury
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 10:45 PM
Gray was removed from Monday's start against the Angels due to right wrist tightness, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out seven over six innings before leaving the game.
Analysis: Gray went out to the mound to work the bottom of the seventh inning, but he didn't feel quite right during his warmups and ultimately left the game with trainers. He'll be considered day-to-day until the team evaluates him further.
Evan Carter
Evan Carter Catches breather Monday
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 5:07 PM
Carter is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
Analysis: Carter homered three times over his last four games, but he will open Monday's contest on the bench with manager Bruce Bochy opting to use the righty-swinging Robbie Grossman in left field against Angels southpaw Patrick Sandoval.
Martin Perez
Martin Perez Used in relief Sunday
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 11:25 AM
Perez was credited with his second hold of the season in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Mariners after striking out a batter and allowing two earned runs on one hit and two walks over 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Analysis: After Perez delivered 4.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy told Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com that the veteran southpaw might be a candidate to fill the vacant No. 5 spot in the rotation. The open spot in the rotation comes up Tuesday against the Angels, but after throwing 40 pitches in relief Sunday, Perez no longer looks like a realistic option to start for Texas. The Rangers could end up treating Tuesday's contest as more of a bullpen day, with the likes of Andrew Heaney, Jake Latz and Cody Bradford presumably available to cover multiple innings, if needed.
Leody Taveras
Leody Taveras Goes yard in win
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 6:14 AM
Taveras went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Mariners.
Analysis: Taveras took Bryan Woo deep in the fourth inning for one of three home runs the Rangers hit off him in the frame. The 24-year-old outfielder struggled out of the All-Star break, slashing .195/.228/.322 through August. He's managed to turn things around in September by slashing .365/.438/.492 with seven RBI, 11 runs and a 9:12 BB:K in 21 games.
Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien Homers twice in win
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 6:08 AM
Semien went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Sunday's win over the Mariners.
Analysis: Semien led things off with a solo home run and then had his second of the day in the fourth, which had the benefit of bouncing off Julio Rodriguez's glove and over the fence. Sunday was his third game with multiple homers this month and gives him a legit shot to surpass 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the second time in the last three seasons. The 32-year-old has put together another impactful campaign, slashing .277/.350/.475 with 27 long balls, 97 RBI, 117 runs and a 69:103 BB:K in 721 plate appearances.
Jose Leclerc
Jose Leclerc Garners save No. 4
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 6:03 AM
Leclerc allowed one hit but otherwise pitched a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn the save over the Mariners on Sunday.
Analysis: Leclerc allowed a two-out double to Eugenio Suarez but otherwise made easy work of the Mariner hitters. He's found himself in a high-leverage role over the last two weeks and has two saves and three holds in last six appearances. Before this recent stretch, Leclerc had just two saves and four holds in 48 appearances. It seems he's earned manager Bruce Bochy's trust, and rightfully so, as he now owns a 2.85 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 62:27 K:BB in 53.2 innings.


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