Tanner Scheppers acknowledged the possibility that he won’t pitch again this season. He was eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, but won’t even be cleared to begin throwing for at least another month.
Scheppers is on the DL for the second time this season with right elbow inflammation and the team is taking a cautious approach with the 27-year-old right-hander.
“I want to get back as soon as possible, but at the same time, sometimes you have to take a step back and look at the big picture and your career,” Scheppers said. “Looking at the injury and everything, it’s going to take some time. It’s been unfortunate, but I’ll take the experience and learn from it.”
Scheppers began the season as the Rangers’ Opening Day starter after winning a spot in the rotation coming out of spring training. But he struggled through four starts before complaining about elbow discomfort and was shut down for more than a month.
Scheppers returned as a reliever and made four appearances before his latest setback. He and the team don’t believe the transition to the rotation caused the injuries this season.
It might have been the workload Scheppers took on last year. He made 76 relief appearances, tied for third-most among American League relievers and the fifth-most for a pitcher in franchise history.