The Rangers are leaning toward activating right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa this weekend and adding him to their bullpen, and Tanner Scheppers might not be too far behind.
Fujikawa has been on a rehab assignment since April 14, and his 30 days are up Wednesday. The Rangers must activate him and add him to the big-league roster, activate him and get his consent to be option to Triple A, or release him.
After his performances plateaued for a few weeks, his past few appearances have been encouraging and have the Rangers seriously adding him to their bullpen.
Scheppers has also performed better of late, though his numbers suggest he hasn’t performed badly at all since he was optioned off the Rangers’ roster. He said that his mechanics are much better and that his command has also improved.
He traced his issues to missing most of last season with an elbow injury and then missing most of spring training with a sprained ankle.
“There were definitely adjustments I needed to make, and this is the right place to be doing it,” Scheppers said. “Going out there and trying to try new things at the big-league level and trying to compete at the same time, that’s not an easy thing to do. Sometimes you need to take a step back, get right physically and mentally, and keep learning.”
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