Left-hander Cesar Ramos will be the Texas Rangers’ starting pitcher Monday in place of Yu Darvish as long as he isn’t needed Sunday in the series finale against the Seattle Mariners.
Manager Jeff Banister said that veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse is also an option in the opener of a four-game series at Oakland. He was bumped from his scheduled start Sunday for Triple A Round Rock, and Connor Sadzeck, who unlike Lohse has a spot on the 40-man roster, was scratched from his start with Double A Frisco.
Ramos hasn’t pitched in eight days but said that he shouldn’t have any issues logging multiple innings should he be the choice.
“I’ve gone 15 and 16 or 17 days without pitching and pitched multiple innings,” Ramos said. “If it is me, it won’t be the first time. It’s just the endurance. Hopefully I can be efficient and go deep into the game.”
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Ramos has appeared in seven games, making three starts, and is 1-2 with a 3.58 ERA. He’s 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA as a starter.
Lohse, 37, signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers last month and has gone 2-2 with a 5.86 ERA in five starts. He has posted three quality starts and allowed three runs or less in four starts, but he allowed seven runs in four innings June 4.
A spot starter became a necessity after Darvish had a recurrence of the shoulder and neck stiffness that forced him to leave his start Wednesday after only five innings. He is scheduled for an MRI exam Monday and a visit with team physician Dr. Keith Meister.