The underwhelming performance by the Texas Rangers’ bullpen led to a bevy of moves Sunday as general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister search for productive relievers.
Right-handers Tanner Scheppers and Ross Ohlendorf were promoted from Triple A Round Rock, and righty Kyuji Fujikawa was designated for assignment. That move made room for Ohlendorf on the 40-man and 25-man rosters, and Scheppers takes the 25-man spot created when left-hander starter Ross Detwiler went on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
The Rangers will have eight relievers Sunday in the finale of a three-game homestand and Tuesday in the opener at Boston. The Rangers will need a replacement for Detwiler on Wednesday, and Round Rock righty Phil Klein is an option.
“It’s no secret our bullpen has scuffled, and we feel we’re at a point where we need to go with our best options now,” Daniels said. “You always like to be a little more patient and let guys work through things. We’re not in that position right now.”
Scheppers pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings over seven appearances for Round Rock after being demoted April 20. Opponents hit only .130 (3 for 23) against him, and he walked four while striking out five.
“We felt like the fastball made progress first, and then his breaking ball came next,” Daniels said. “Reports from the last few outings have been very good.”
The Rangers’ bullpen entered Sunday having allowed runs in nine of the past 11 games, and the bullpen ERA is 6.27 in May. Only Oakland (4.82) has a worse overall bullpen ERA than the Rangers’ 4.75.
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