Rangers notes: Nick Tepesch will skip start as precaution

07/29/2014 9:13 PM

07/29/2014 9:13 PM

Texas Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch will miss a start to make sure any pain in his left knee has subsided.

Tepesch left his last start on Saturday after throwing three pitches in the seventh inning after feeling an unfamiliar twinge in his left knee on his follow-through.

Jereome Williams, who won his Rangers debut last week, is slated to start Friday’s series opener at Cleveland, followed by Miles Mikolas and Yu Darvish. Tepesch might throw a bullpen session Friday.

“It feels a lot better than it did the other day,” Tepesch said. “I’d say it’s close. I wouldn’t call it 100 percent.”

Manager Ron Washington said the move is just out of precaution.

“Give him a chance to catch up,” Washington said.

Lewis looks for repeat

Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis hadn’t seen the New York Yankees in the regular season since 2003. When he takes the mound on Wednesday he’ll be facing them for the second time in a week.

“I think years are different,” Lewis said. “You go through different things.”

Lewis threw a quality start against the Yankees on Thursday and is looking for another on Wednesday. He’s the last Rangers pitcher who’s had consecutive quality starts this season (June 29 and July 5).

Lewis (6-8, 6.23 ERA) spent the entire 2013 season on the DL.

“This is the best I’ve felt all year long so I think I’m getting stronger, getting adapted to how my body’s reacting now,” Lewis said. “Everything feels healthy so I don’t know. There’s no more soreness in the hip. There’s no more soreness in the elbow so it’s just going out there and getting it done now.”

Arencibia recharged

When he was struggling at the plate the first two months of the season, Rangers slugger J.P. Arencibia was beating himself up mentally. He’d do it at home, on the drive to the ballpark and in the clubhouse after each game.

Finally, he was sent to Round Rock on May 20 and spent nearly two months correcting his swing. The fixes, however, were more mental than mechanical.

“Mentally, I was so hard on myself I was in my own way,” said Arencibia, who leads the Rangers with 16 RBIs since the All-Star break, including seven Tuesday night when he hit a grand slam and a solo home run. “As hard as [hitting] is, you’ve got to enjoy it and have fun and not worry about the bad things that can happen.”

At the time of his demotion, Arencibia wasn’t thrilled, of course, but the move was good for him.

“Even though my numbers weren’t good, I was still hitting the ball hard every night. I had good at-bats,” he said of his .133 average before being sent down. “But it was necessary, after the fact. It was something I needed.”

Briefly

• After an off day on Aug. 7 in Houston, Yu Darvish will return to his every fifth day routine, at least through the month, Washington said.
• With Monday’s victory, Darvish is 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his first five games against the Yankees. The only other pitcher with an ERA that low and as many strikeouts in his first five starts against the Yankees is Milwaukee’s Teddy Higuera in 1985-86. Higuera was 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA with 33 Ks.
• Reliever Roman Mendez’s streak of consecutive scoreless appearances to start his career was snapped at eight Tuesday when he gave up two runs in the seventh. He had tied Alexi Ogando’s Rangers record in 2010.

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