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Top Dane Dunning News

  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Reaches six innings

    Dunning allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and struck out four over six innings in Monday's spring start against Cleveland.

    Dunning was the first Rangers hurler to work six innings, but Texas manager Bruce Bochy won't need him in a starting role. The right-hander appears to be ticketed for a bullpen/long-relief role, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The Rangers have a couple of starters -- Jacob deGrom and Nathan Eovaldi -- that were delayed in camp and won't be stretched out to go deep into games. That leaves Dunning and lefty Cole Ragans as a potential piggyback options early in the season.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Another impressive spring start

    Dunning allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six over five shutout innings in Wednesday's spring start against the Royals.

    Since getting rocked as a reliever in his Cactus League debut, Dunning has been superb in subsequent outings. In three starts, the right-hander has allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out 13 over 12 innings. Despite the good numbers, Dunning is on the outside of the Rangers' projected rotation, which includes newcomers Jacob deGrom (side), Nathan Eovaldi (side) and Andrew Heaney. He's setting himself up to be the top fill-in starter and possibly a piggyback option for deGrom and Eovaldi, both of whom Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said may be on restrictive pitch counts to open the season, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The Rangers also have a long man in Jake Odorizzi, but an arm issue means he won't be ready by Opening Day.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Stretches out to four IP

    Dunning allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two over four scoreless innings in Friday's spring start against Oakland.

    Dunning has bounced back nicely following his first Cactus League appearance, when he allowed five runs over 1.1 innings as a reliever. Since then, the right-hander's allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings. The starting rotation is locked, but Dunning is putting himself in a position as the top candidate should Texas need a fill-in starter.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Fans five in first spring start

    Dunning allowed one run on three hits while striking out five over three innings in Thursday's spring game against the Brewers.

    This was Dunning's first Cactus League start and second appearance. The right-hander was part of Texas' rotation in 2022 but is on the outside of the top five starters as the 2023 regular season approaches. Barring injury to members of the projected rotation, the 28-year-old will likely occupy a multi-inning relief role during the regular season. Dunning was rocked in his one relief effort this spring, ceding five runs on three hits and two walks over 1.1 innings following starter Nathan Eovaldi.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Fires lives BP session

    Dunning (hip) struck out five on Monday in a live bullpen session, Jesse Borek of reports.

    Dunning saw his 2022 season come to an early end in September because of season-ending hip surgery. The right-hander's ability to face hitters this early in camp suggests he's back to full health, but he'll still have to battle for a spot in the back end of the Texas rotation if he endures no setbacks in camp. Dunning finished last season with a 4.46 ERA, 137:62 K:BB and 1.43 WHIP over 153.2 innings, but he finds himself further down the depth chart to begin 2023 after the Rangers picked up Jacob deGrom, Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney during the offseason.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Shifts to injured list

    Dunning (hip) was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday.

    It was announced over the weekend that Dunning would require season-ending hip surgery, so his move to the injured list was inevitable. The 27-year-old had a 4.46 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 137:62 K:BB over 153.2 innings this year, and it's unclear if he'll be fully recovered for the start of spring training in February.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Requires season-ending surgery

    Dunning will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his hip, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

    Dunning made a career-high 29 starts for the Rangers in 2022, and he posted a 4.46 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 153.1 innings. However, his season will be cut short due to his hip procedure. The right-hander's recovery timetable hasn't been determined, but the Rangers hope that he'll be ready for Opening Day in 2023.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Fans eight in win

    Dunning (4-8) earned the win Wednesday, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk over five innings against the Angels. He struck out eight.

    The night got off to a rough start for Dunning as Taylor Ward tagged him for a two-run home run in the first inning, but he settled in nicely after that point. He surrendered just one hit and did not allow a run over the next four innings on his way to his fourth win. Dunning had looked shaky in his previous seven starts, recording a 5.97 ERA and 1.76 WHIP through 34.2 innings in that stretch, so it was nice to see him get back on track. He will look to stay in the win column in his next scheduled start, which is tentatively scheduled against Seattle next week.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Can't escape fifth inning

    Dunning allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against Oakland on Wednesday.

    Dunning was fine through four frames, yielding only one run on a second-inning homer. Things fell apart for him in the fifth, however, as he allowed four consecutive batters to reach base after notching two outs. The final three hitters he faced each recorded an extra-base hit, and Dunning ended up surrendering three runs in the frame. It was another disappointing outcome for the right-hander -- he has posted a 7.53 ERA, 2.02 WHIP and poor 12:8 K:BB over 14.1 innings through three starts in September.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Allows 12 baserunners in loss

    Dunning (3-8) took the loss Sunday in Boston, allowing five runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out two across four innings.

    Dunning struggled from the start Sunday as Boston scored four times in the first and tacked on another run in the second. Twelve of the 23 batters he faced reached safely and three of the eight hits went for extra bases. He's pitched five innings or fewer in four of his last five starts and has a 5.92 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 20:12 K:BB in 24.1 innings in that span. His next start will likely be next weekend against Toronto.

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  • Rangers' Dane Dunning: Takes seventh loss

    Dunning gave up two earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings to take the loss in a 4-2 defeat against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Dunning (3-7) gave up a solo home run to Jose Altuve and allowed too much traffic on the basepaths due to issuing free passes, resulting in his seventh loss of the season. Dunning has walked 53 batters in 124 innings, leading to an elevated BB/9 of 3.6. He only has three wins in 25 starts in 2022. He is expected to next take the mound against the Red Sox on Sunday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Orange Park, FL
Age: 28
School: Florida
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R