Tanner Scheppers has become one of the most visible Rangers at community events the past few seasons and feels it is his obligation to use his status as a major league player to help others.
Scheppers was part of the Rangers’ winter caravan stop in West, the town 71 miles south of Fort Worth dealt a tragic blow when a fertilizer plant exploded last April.
“We’re in a position where we have the ability to help out a lot of people,” Scheppers said. “We’re in the public eye and anything I can do to help, I’ll do.”
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Scheppers, 27, has given back through various events put on by the team’s charitable foundation and said he’s still trying to find out what he’s most passionate about. He expressed an interest in working with autistic children. His nephew has been diagnosed with the disorder.
Outside of his charity efforts, Scheppers had other memorable off-season highlights:
Scheppers and his wife, Jessica, spent more than a week at the U.S. territory in the Caribbean islands. He even ran into teammate and Puerto Rico native Geovany Soto at one of the beaches.
“It was nice to be able to wind down, relax on the beach,” Scheppers said. “I wasn’t worried about baseball or worried about getting my body ready. Just having a good time.”
Scheppers discovered the benefits of going into the freezing chamber after workouts. It’s a popular therapy treatment for players.
“I did it consistently for two months and the difference my body felt after workouts was quite amazing,” Scheppers said. “I’d go almost every day to get the maximum benefits.”
39 Players left in big-league camp
He said it
“It doesn’t matter. It’s spring training, just trying to get ready for the season, so it really doesn’t matter who you play.” — Prince Fielder, scheduled for a split-squad game Tuesday against the Cubs instead of the afternoon game against the Brewers, who drafted him and where he played from 2006-11.
Words of Wash
“It means competition is still going on. That means people have to go out there and still push hard and can’t take anything for granted. That’s what you want.” — On unsettled position battles
1B/OF Mitch Moreland (tightness in left oblique muscle): Exited Monday’s game with injury after two innings.
3B Adrian Beltre (strained left quadriceps): Expects to start Thursday.
2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder strain): Made first start at second base Monday.
RHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Pitched 1 2/3 innings in Monday’s game.
RHP Daniel Bard (thoracic outlet syndrome): Hopes to throw off a mound next week.