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Top Josh Sborz News

  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Shaky debut

    Sborz allowed two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one over one relief inning during Wednesday's spring game against the Dodgers.

    Sborz made his Cactus League debut, and the results were different from the last time he pitched in a competitive environment; the right-hander shut the door on Arizona for the final out of the 2023 World Series. Giving up a two-out, two-run home run to the No. 9 hitter Wednesday wasn't ideal, but it should not prevent Sborz from filling an expected role as part of manager Bruce Bochy's high-leverage bullpen crew. He could see save opportunities for a team with a volatile closer situation.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Considered high-leverage option

    Sborz is among of four relievers being considered as high-leverage bullpen option, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Sborz joins Jose Leclerc, David Robertson and Kirby Yates among the relievers manager Bruce Bochy plans to use in high-leverage situations. Bochy stopped short of naming a closer and refused to place them in any order early in camp. "We've got some high-leverage guys down there that can help each other out and help give guys days off," Bochy said. "I'm not going to get into exactly what the pecking order is, because they're all really good relievers with really good resumes." Sborz had an inflated 5.50 ERA in 2023, but a 3.35 xERA suggests he pitched better than the standard ERA indicates. His 36.9 strikeout percentage and 66:17 K:BB were also encouraging. Health will be a factor for Sborz, who has spent five stints on the injured list over the last two seasons.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Settles for $1 million

    Sborz signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rangers on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Sborz posted an ugly 5.50 ERA across 52.1 innings in 2023, though that also came with just a 53.8 percent strand rate. He'll need to keep the ball in the yard to be more effective -- he served up 1.4 HR/9 -- but his 66:17 K:BB suggests there is room for improved results. Sborz figures to be a key high-leverage reliever in the Rangers' bullpen in 2024.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Available to pitch in Game 4

    Sborz (hamstring) said he'll be available out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the World Series on Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Sborz experienced some hamstring cramps while pitching a scoreless seventh inning in the Rangers' Game 3 win on Monday, but he showed up back at Chase Field in Arizona on Tuesday with no lingering discomfort. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed just one run through 9.2 innings of work in the 2023 postseason.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Returns from IL

    The Rangers reinstated Sborz (hamstring) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Sborz had been on the injured list since Sept. 5 due to a strained hamstring. He threw one inning during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, during which he gave up two hits and struck out three batters. The 29-year-old righty has put up a 5.80 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 49.2 frames this season and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage outings as the Rangers push for a postseason spot. Jake Latz was optioned to Round Rock in a corresponding move.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Facing hitters again

    Sborz (hamstring) threw a live batting practice session Monday, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.

    Sborz faced off against two of the Rangers' rehabbing hitters, Josh Jung (thumb) and Adolis Garcia (knee). The Rangers could look to send out Sborz on a brief minor-league rehab assignment before bringing him back from the 15-day injured list, though the organization has yet to announce its plans for the right-handed reliever. Before hitting the IL on Sept. 5, Sborz had compiled a 5.80 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 49.2 innings out of the bullpen this season.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Out with hamstring strain

    Sborz was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a hamstring strain, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Sborz took the loss Monday against Houston after he gave up five earned runs over two-thirds of an inning, which capped off a six-appearance stretch during which he surrendered 13 earned runs. The right-hander had a 3.83 ERA through 36 outings prior to that ugly span, and he'll now be sidelined for at least the next couple weeks as he attempts to get healthy.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Faces heart of order

    Sborz struck out one and retired all three batters he faced in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the White Sox.

    Starter Andrew Heaney was pulled from a 1-0 game after giving up a single to lead off the seventh inning with the heart of Chicago's order due up. Texas manager Bruce Bochy chose Sborz to face Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez and Andrew Benintendi, and the reliever dispatched them on nine pitches (seven strikes). The right-hander was recently activated off the injured list, and the manager has him throwing high-leverage innings -- a role Sborz earned with a strong June prior to a biceps injury. Aroldis Chapman and Will Smith followed with perfect innings to protect the shutout.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Makes first appearance off IL

    Sborz struck one over a scoreless inning in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Padres.

    Sborz pitched the ninth inning, his first appearance since being activated off the injured list Friday. The right-hander landed on the IL immediately prior to the All-Star break after giving up nine runs on nine hits (two home runs) and four walks over 3.1 innings. Sborz emerged as a late-inning asset during the month of June and should continue to serve in that role.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Activated from 15-day IL

    Texas activated Sborz (biceps) from the 15-day injured list Friday.

    Sborz will return to the Rangers' bullpen Friday night in San Diego after missing about three weeks because of right biceps tendinitis. He's pitched to a 4.54 ERA and 52:13 K:BB in 37.2 innings this season for the current AL West leaders.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Kicking off rehab assignment

    Sborz (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

    Sborz, who was placed on the 15-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis July 15, played catch Tuesday. The right-hander had become an important bullpen piece over the last month before the injury flared up.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Out with biceps tendinitis

    Sborz was placed on the 15-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis Saturday.

    The transaction has been backdated to Wednesday, meaning Sborz will be eligible to return in less than two weeks, though that will only be in play if his injury is particularly mild. The injury may explain Sborz's difficult stretch immediately prior to the break, when he allowed nine runs in 3.1 innings. Up to that point, he owned a 2.62 ERA and 0.82 WHIP, so his absence will be a significant one for the Rangers. John King was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Having rough July

    Sborz allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three over one inning in Sunday's 7-2 loss to Washington.

    Sborz entered with two outs and two runners on in the sixth following starter Dane Dunning and gave up three consecutive singles, which turned a 2-1 deficit into 5-1. He then allowed two homers in the seventh and that was it for the right-hander. Sborz, who emerged as a trusted bullpen arm in June (0.55 ERA, 22 strikeouts, 16.1 innings), has gone the opposite direction in July. Sunday's outing was the third time in four games he's allowed three runs. In all, Sborz has allowed nine runs on nine hits and four walks over 3.1 innings this month.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Charged with loss

    Sborz (4-3) took the loss Sunday, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning against the Astros.

    A reconfigured Texas bullpen had mostly done its job after a rough May, but Sborz didn't have it while pitching in the second of back-to-back appearances. The right-hander, who entered Sunday's game with a 0.49 ERA over the previous 12 outings, has a 16.88 ERA the three times he's pitched without rest.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Moves into setup role

    Sborz allowed one hit over two scoreless innings to earn a hold in Saturday's 4-2 win over Toronto.

    Sborz entered a one-run game and shut down the Blue Jays in the seventh and eighth innings for his sixth hold. The right-hander hasn't allowed an earned run over his last 11.2 innings. Rangers manager Bruce Bochy appears to have found a solution to a bullpen that wobbled during the month of May. Sborz and Grant Anderson have moved into high-leverage roles, shepherding leads to closer Will Smith. Both Sborz and Anderson typically work multiple innings, so Bochy can alternate his trusted arms for more than three outs nearly every day.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Earns relief win

    Sborz (2-2) earned the win over Seattle on Saturday. He struck out two over two scoreless and hitless relief innings.

    Sborz entered in the fourth inning after starter Andrew Heaney left with none out and the bases loaded. The righty reliever struck out the first batter he faced before giving up a run on a groundout. Sborz has not been immune to recent bullpen struggles but has put together two consecutive strong appearances in which he's struck out four of nine batters without allowing a hit.

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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Can't hold lead

    Sborz allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one over one-third of an inning in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to Atlanta.

    Jonathan Hernandez struggled his last three appearances, so manager Bruce Bochy opted for Sborz while nursing a 5-3 lead. He walked the leadoff batter before allowing a single and double that tied the game. Brock Burke then surrendered the game-deciding home run to Orlando Arcia in the ninth. Outside of closer Will Smith, the Rangers' bullpen (4.48 ERA, 26th in MLB) has not supported a starting staff that ranks fourth (3.52 ERA). Wednesday's results marked the sixth time Texas held a seventh-inning lead only to end up losing.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Age: 30
School: Virginia
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R