Injuries & Moves: Carter scratched; Scherzer update

   

May 11th, 2024

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May 11: LF Evan Carter (lower back stiffness) scratched from lineupPrior to the Rangers’ game against the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday, Carter was scratched from the starting lineup with lower back stiffness. Manager Bruce Bochy said Carter “could be used in an emergency.”

Bochy mentioned specifically that it was important to tread carefully with Carter’s back, given his history of back issues and his age (21). The left fielder has gotten off to a slow start at the plate this season — he’s hitting .216/.303/.416 with five home runs in 142 plate appearances.

May 10: RHP Grant Anderson recalled from Triple-A Round Rock after RHP Josh Sborz (right rotator cuff strain) lands on ILIn the wake of Sborz being placed on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder, Anderson was recalled for bullpen reinforcement. Anderson, who turns 27 on June 21, posted a 2.08 ERA over eight appearances (8 2/3 innings), allowing two runs on six hits while walking five and striking out five at Triple-A.

Anderson has also made four Major League appearances for the Rangers this season. In three innings, he gave up four runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

May 10: LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP Peter Solomon signed to Minor League dealsThe Rangers’ pitching depth has taken a big hit due to injuries recently, and on Friday, Texas signed Shreve and Solomon to Minor League contracts.

Shreve, 33, was actually signed by the Rangers in February, but he was then released on May 1. Last season, the 10-year veteran posted a 4.63 ERA over 50 relief appearances for the Tigers (47) and Reds (3).

Solomon, 27, has appeared in 11 Major League games, pitching to a 6.59 ERA over 27 1/3 innings. He made three starts for the High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League this season, posting a 5.68 ERA over 12 2/3 innings.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP Max Scherzer (herniated disk and right thumb soreness)Expected return: TBDThe Rangers pushed Scherzer’s scheduled rehab start for Double-A Frisco on April 30 back a few days because of right thumb soreness. Scherzer said he experienced some soreness in his right thumb after his first rehab outing with Triple-A Round Rock on April 24.

On May 11, Scherzer said that team doctors thought the problem was actually a nerve issue, as he began feeling pain in his right forearm and right triceps. He received a cortisone injection in his neck to address the issue, which he said helped with the thumb and forearm. But he continued to feel pain in his triceps when throwing.

Scherzer said the nerve issue is “foreign” to him, and he doesn’t know what it will mean moving forward. (Last updated: May 11)

RHP Josh Sborz (right rotator cuff strain)Expected return: TBDSborz exited Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the A’s with right shoulder tightness after throwing eight pitches, seven of which were balls. His velocity was down 3-4 mph across all of his pitches as well. The right-hander already spent time on the IL earlier this season with a right rotator cuff strain. (Last updated: May 10)

LHP Cody Bradford (lower back strain/stress fracture on rib)Expected return: Late MayBradford originally landed on the injured list with a lower back strain after he was unable to throw a bullpen between starts. The original plan was for him to miss just the 15 days, but after further diagnostics, doctors found a “very small” stress fracture on the 12th rib on the right side, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy said they’re looking at about another month for Bradford, so they won’t transfer him to the 60-day IL just yet. On May 10, Bochy said that Bradford “has done a lot better” and is “able to throw now.” He added that Bradford would start throwing off a mound after the Rangers return home on May 13.

The 26-year-old lefty had been Texas’ best starter on the young season, having gone 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his first three starts. He ranked among American League leaders in wins, opponent batting average and ERA at the time of his injury. (Last updated: May 10)

RHP Dane Dunning (right rotator cuff strain)Expected return: Late MayDunning was placed on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain on May 8. Manager Bruce Bochy said he should be activated soon after his 15 days are up. (Last updated: May 8)

OF Wyatt Langford (right hamstring strain)Expected return: Late May or early JuneLangford exited the Rangers’ May 4 win over the Royals after pulling up short of first base trying to outrun a ground ball. After an MRI, he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain the following day.

The Rangers’ top prospect, Langford was hitting .224 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 31 games for the Rangers this season. He ranks second among American League rookies in hits with 26, as he’s started 31 of the club’s first 34 games at designated hitter (19) and in left field (12). (Last updated: May 6)

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right groin strain)Expected return: Late MayEovaldi exited his start early on May 2 after experiencing tightness in his right groin. He was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 3 out of an abundance of caution, but manager Bruce Bochy and the Rangers don’t expect the 34-year-old righty to miss more than his minimum time.

Bochy said on May 5 that Eovaldi was headed to New York to see a specialist, where he will get another opinion, before returning to the Rangers for their series in Oakland.

Eovaldi was 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA over seven starts with Texas at the time of his injury.

“We thought that [putting Eovaldi on the IL] was the best thing to do. He could be ready before then, that’s a possibility, but we don’t want to take any chances and will get more information and know exactly where he is at when he gets it looked at again [on May 4],” Bochy said. (Last updated: May 5)

RHP Austin Pruitt (right knee medial meniscus injury)Expected return: TBDIn another blow to the Rangers’ bullpen depth, Pruitt landed on the injured list after being evaluated at the beginning of the club’s nine-game homestand that started on April 23. He has posted a 12.46 ERA across four relief appearances for Texas this season. He will continue to be evaluated in the coming days. (Last updated: April 24)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

LHP Brock Burke (broken right hand)Expected return: TBABurke broke his non-throwing hand on April 12 following a rough outing against the Astros in which he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He punched a wall in frustration after he was removed from the game, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

“It was a bit of frustration,” Bochy said. “We wanted our guys to be competitive. But with that passion, there’s a fine edge. When you cross that line, there’s going to be consequences. We just saw what happened last night. We love the fact that he was upset with not helping the club last night. We hope it’s not long, but it just wasn’t a smart move.”

The Rangers’ Rookie of the Year as voted on by the DFW chapter of the BBWAA in 2022, Burke has struggled over the past year. After a ‘22 season in which he posted a 1.97 ERA over 82 1/3 innings, he followed with a 4.37 ERA in 59 2/3 innings in ‘23. Over his first five relief appearances this season, he struggled to the tune of a 15.00 ERA. He was moved to the 60-day IL on April 18. (Last updated: April 18)

INF Justin Foscue (left oblique strain)Expected return: TBDFoscue, who collected his first MLB hit and RBI in the Rangers’ loss to the Astros on April 7, felt something during that swing and was evaluated the following day. The training staff is still evaluating the severity of the injury. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 13. (Last updated: April 13)

3B Josh Jung (right wrist fracture)Expected return: JuneRangers general manager Chris Young said Jung had successful surgery on his fractured wrist on April 2, but when the surgeon went in for the procedure, Jung’s wrist revealed a bit more extensive damage than they were hoping. While the initial timeline after X-rays showed around six weeks of recovery time, after surgery, Jung is looking closer to between eight and 10 weeks, Young said. Jung was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 8.

Jung was removed from the Rangers’ 9-3 win over the Rays on April 1 at Tropicana Field after being hit by a pitch on his right hand as he swung at it. Manager Bruce Bochy said postgame that scans quickly revealed a fractured wrist. Jung missed six weeks last season with a fractured left thumb. In his first four games of 2024, Jung went 7-for-17 with two walks, one double, one triple and two homers. (Last updated: April 8)

RHP Tyler Mahle (right UCL repair surgery)Expected return: Late JulyMahle, whom the Rangers signed to a two-year, $22 million deal this offseason, started throwing in mid-January after undergoing Tommy John surgery when he was with the Twins last May. He said at Rangers Fan Fest that he was throwing from 90 feet with no setbacks.

The injury ruined a promising 2023 season with Minnesota as Mahle posted a 3.16 ERA with 28 strikeouts to five walks over five starts. Mahle was officially moved to the 60-day IL at the start of the regular season. (Last updated: March 28)

RHP Jacob deGrom (right UCL repair surgery)Expected return: After the All-Star breakdeGrom began playing catch on Feb. 12 and resumed again on the first official day of workouts on Feb. 14 — just under eight months after the surgery to repair a torn right UCL that ended his 2023 season. It was the second similar operation for the 35-year-old deGrom, who had Tommy John surgery following his first professional season in 2010.

General manager Chris Young pointed out that timelines are fluid when it comes to injuries, but he also said the ace is progressing well in his rehab with an eye on returning around August.

deGrom was officially transferred to the 60-day injured list on March 22. (Last updated: March 22)

RHP Carson Coleman (Tommy John surgery)Expected return: JulyColeman was selected by the Rangers in the 2023 Rule 5 Draft from the Yankees. He did not pitch in 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 2022, Coleman was named the Eastern League “Reliever of the Year” after going 2-3 with 15 saves and a 2.86 ERA across 35 relief appearances for Double-A Somerset. (Last updated: March 9)