Nick Tepesch appeared to be making a spot start in his season debut last Wednesday in Houston, but finds himself in the rotation for now.
Tepesch pitched well against the Astros, limiting them to one run on two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. The only thing he would like to change today against the Mariners is the number of pitches he throws early on.
“I would have liked to pitch deeper in a game like that,” Tepesch said. “But I’m going to keep the same approach. I’m not changing what I am as a pitcher – attacking, being down in the zone and getting quick outs.”
Leonys Martin slept on his neck the wrong way Monday night, causing neck stiffness severe enough to force him out of Tuesday’s lineup.
Daniel Robertson replaced Martin in center field and atop the lineup, but the club hopes Martin is ready today.
“He tried to get some treatment, but it just didn’t work,” manager Ron Washington said. “Right now, we’ve got to go day-to-day. It’s nothing serious, but Marty’s neck is stiff.”
Briefly• Matt Harrison received two injections Monday, one for his back and the other for his neck. He has yet to decide on his next step, although undergoing spinal fusion surgery seems inevitable.
• Left-hander Joe Saunders, on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his left ankle, threw seven innings of one-run ball in a medical rehabilitation start for Triple A Round Rock. He allowed eight hits with two walks and one strikeouts over his 101-pitch outing.
• The Rangers will miss reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in their upcoming four-game series at Detroit. Scherzer is scheduled to start today against Cleveland.