Texas Rangers

May 18, 2014

Tanner Scheppers to rehab as a starter

The Rangers are giving Scheppers another look as a starter rather than moving him to the bullpen.

Tanner Scheppers hopes to return to the Rangers’ rotation next month.

Scheppers and the Rangers have mapped out a plan that calls for him to stretch back out as a starter. He’s scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday and begin a medical rehabilitation assignment on Saturday.

Scheppers, 27, started Opening Day but made only four starts before landing on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation on April 18. He was 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in those four starts.

There had been some discussion whether Scheppers would be best suited in the bullpen, as he emerged as a dominant setup reliever last season, and manager Ron Washington called determining Scheppers’ role “a big decision.”

Scheppers could still end up in the bullpen and he would understand if the organization went that route. But he views himself as a starter and is pleased to be given another chance for now.

“I’m extremely happy they’re giving me this opportunity,” Scheppers said. “I’m ready to put in the work necessary to do it. I’m excited about it and ready to get out there and show them what I’m really made of.”

Scheppers also said he will be honest and upfront with the organization about how his arm is feeling. He drew the ire of some within the organization when they didn’t know he had been dealing with discomfort in his elbow since spring training.

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