Left-hander Ross Detwiler was put on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder on Sunday.
And the Texas Rangers took the opportunity to make more changes with their struggling bullpen.
Texas recalled right-hander Tanner Scheppers from Triple A Round Rock and also purchased the contract of right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from Round Rock. Both pitched well in relief for Sunday’s series finale with the Cleveland Indians, accounting for three hitless innings.
Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa was designated for assignment. Fujikawa was recently called up from Round Rock but has allowed three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
“We’re not a perfect ballclub,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said of the bullpen situation. “We need to find a way to shut the door ... I believer the answer and the solution is in that clubhouse. I still believe in Neftali [Feliz], I still believe in [Shawn] Tolleson, and [Keone] Kela, and [Alex] Claudio.”
Detwiler (0-5) felt discomfort after his Thursday start in which he allowed three runs in on nine hits in five innings.
Texas has lost six of his seven starts. The lone win was his best outing of the season when he held the Astros to a run on four hits in seven innings on May 4. He had a season-high seven strikeouts that night. But in two starts since he has allowed eight runs on 14 hits with four walks and five strikeouts in nine combined innings.
“Felt it best, for where he’s at, it’s probably best to give him the 15 days,” Banister said.
Closer look at Claudio
Claudio has allowed three homers in three of his past seven appearances, which has left the impression the left-hander is struggling.
But the left-hander pitched a perfect sixth on Saturday and the league is batting .192 against him entering Sunday’s game.
“It doesn’t feel that way, does it?” Banister asked rhetorically Sunday morning.
“We look at things through a certain lens. And we all look for things that the game hinges on,” Banister said in defense of Claudio’s performance. “The game hinges on the first pitch to the last pitch ... this game is fragile.”
In seven innings, he’s allowed five hits, including the three homers. The last came Tuesday on an 0-2 count against Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas. It was a 73 mph slider left up over the plate.
“I tried to put it on the ground or outside but those things happen when you don’t make the right pitch,” Claudio said.
Injured outfielder Ryan Rua (broken right heel) said he’ll run for the first time Monday.
19 Home runs allowed by the Rangers’ bullpen, which led led the majors by two before Sunday’s game. Rangers relievers have a combined 4.82 ERA, fourth highest in the majors. They also led the league in combined relief innings with 130 2/3 entering Sunday and had allowed a league-high 70 earned runs.
“When it’s perfect you have guys with a batting average against at .180. They’re not walking, high strikeouts. It makes the decision-making process really easy. Right now, we’re not in a perfect situation.” — Rangers manager Jeff Banister on the struggling bullpen
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