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Daniels: Rangers not panicking after recent bullpen woes

Rangers closer Sam Dyson talks about meltdown vs. Yankees

Sam Dyson allowed five runs on two homers Wednesday night as the Rangers blew a 7-3 lead and lost 9-7 to the Yankees (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Sam Dyson allowed five runs on two homers Wednesday night as the Rangers blew a 7-3 lead and lost 9-7 to the Yankees (video by Jeff Wilson).

General manager Jon Daniels said that two slips by the Texas Rangers’ bullpen in the past week have not made acquiring relief help any more of a priority than it was before the pair of ninth-inning losses.

Jake Diekman and Matt Bush allowed four runs June 24 to the Boston Red Sox in an 8-7 loss at Globe Life Park, and Bush and Sam Dyson coughed up six runs Wednesday in a 9-7 walk-off loss to the New York Yankees.

The Rangers have been looking into trades for pitching help, both starters and relievers, but they want to gauge how much help they will get once pitchers on the disabled list return to action.

Rangers righty Matt Bush said that his arm is strong and nothing to do with his costly outing Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

“I don’t think it changes anything, really,” Daniels said Thursday morning before the finale of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. “I think we have a good idea of the club and what potential needs might be. So much depends on getting our arms around the health of our injured guys.”

Keone Kela (elbow) was scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday at Triple A Round Rock, and fellow right-hander Tanner Scheppers (knee) is close to throwing off a mound.

Jeff Banister describes what he saw from the Rangers' dugout Wednesday in the ninth inning as the Yankees scored six times for a 9-7 walk-off win (video by Jeff Wilson).

Former closer Shawn Tolleson has shown better form of late, so he could soon find himself pitching more meaningful innings and he, Kela and Scheppers could lessen the burden on Dyson, Diekman and Bush.

“Sam Dyson, Jake Diekman and Matt Bush have been outstanding for this club,” Daniels said. “A couple games got away. It’s going to happen. These guys are human. It’s not fun. You don’t like when it happens, but it’s part of the game.”

The Profar advantage

Jurickson Profar made his second start of the series Thursday and is likely to get one of the weekend games at Minnesota as manager Jeff Banister searches for ways to keep Profar’s bat going while also providing rest to the regular infielders.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus took a seat in the finale. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has played in 14 consecutive games since missing a week with a strained left hamstring, could be out of the lineup for a game soon.

Second baseman Rougned Odor is likely to also have a rest day in his near future.

Elvis Andrus was out of the Rangers' lineup Thursday as Jurickson Profar started at shortstop in the series finale at Yankee Stadium (video by Jeff Wilson).

Regulars, especially Beltre, never want a day off, but there is value in having one.

“I hate taking a day off, but I understand that once in a while it’s not a bad idea,” Andrus said. “My body feels fresh the next day, and Jurickson is still helping the team in a big way.”

Banister said that he’s still trying to get a feel for how much Profar should play after missing two seasons because of a shoulder injury. There’s no player who has been through the same scenario.

Three or four days a week is Banister’s goal for Profar, but Banister is wondering if more than that would be harmful to Profar’s health.

“I don’t know that there’s a precedent out there of how to handle this type of situation,” Banister said. “I have to view this as there’s a need for the individual and there’s a need for the club.” 

Perez not changing

Left-hander Martin Perez doesn’t want plate umpires to get the wrong idea. Many of his gestures on the mound are more directed toward him for something he did wrong than a call he felt an ump missed.

Rangers coaches, though, have talked to him nonetheless about his body language and advised him that it might be a good idea to tone down his occasional antics on the mound. Perez, though, said that he doesn’t want to change who he is.

“That’s me,” Perez said. “I like to compete, and sometimes I do things on the mound that are not for the umpires but for myself.”

Why would he want to change after what he’s done his past seven starts? Perez is 6-0 with a 3.40 ERA, and a win Friday against Minnesota would be his career-best seventh straight victory.

He is 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA in his past 11 starts.

“Just keep going, and just continue to do my job,” Perez said. “I don’t want to stop I want to win and help the team.”