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Josh Sborz opened the 2023 campaign on the IL with an ankle injury that he suffered late in spring training. He was activated in mid-April and filled a multi-inning relief role for the Rangers, but eventually ascended into a setup role. The 30-year-old racked up six wins and 14 holds for the World Series champions, but spent more time on the injured list later in the season with various ailments. Sborz's 36.9 whiff percentage was a 98th percentile metric and he finished with a 30-plus percent strikeout rate for the second straight season. His ERA was inflated at 5.50, but his xERA was 3.35 and his 1.15 WHIP was a top-50 mark among qualified relievers. There's definitely some upside in his profile, but Sborz has been injured on five separate occasions over the past two seasons, making it hard to justify the fantasy investment even in the deepest of leagues.

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2024 7.52.5 2.7 3 0.00 0.75
2023 1042.4 52.3 6 7 66 17 5.50 1.15
2022 382 22.3 1 32 11 6.45 1.61
3y Avg. 902.1 44.7 4 3 0 56 20 5.04 1.34
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Close to return

    Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Sborz (shoulder) threw a bullpen session earlier this week and could be ready to return from the 15-day injured list when he's first eligible for activation Monday, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports. "He's doing well," Bochy said. "Sborz is on his way...talking to him, he feels great, his pain is down." Sborz was placed on the IL on April 7 with a right rotator cuff strain, but his injury doesn't appear to be an overly significant one. Bochy didn't explicitly outline the next steps for Sborz, but if the righty is able to face hitters in a live batting practice session this weekend, he may be able to return from the IL without heading out on a rehab assignment. Prior to being shut down with the injury, Sborz tossed 2.2 scoreless innings across his three relief appearances. He should be a key part of the bridge to the ninth inning once he's activated.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Placed on 15-day IL

    Sborz (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day injured list by the Rangers on Sunday. Sborz is dealing with a right rotator cuff strain, and he'll now be forced to miss at least a couple weeks of action. Considering the injury to his throwing arm, the 30-year-old could be set for an extended absence. Texas called up right-hander Grant Anderson from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move to operate as a replacement for Sborz in the major-league bullpen.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Nursing shoulder issue

    Sborz was pulled from Saturday's outing against the Astros due to right shoulder soreness, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports. Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said that Sborz "probably could have kept going," but the reliever will have imaging done on the shoulder just to be safe. Sborz was credited with a hold Saturday and has made three scoreless appearances this season. It would be a big blow to the Rangers' bullpen if he needs to miss time.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Exits appearance with injury

    Sborz was removed from Saturday's appearance versus the Astros with an undisclosed injury, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports. Sborz retired the first two batters of the eighth inning and got two strikes on Jose Abreu before being visited by the trainer and eventually walking off the field. It's not clear exactly what might have happened, but the Rangers should offer clarity soon enough.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Returns to action

    Sborz (knee) struck out one over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's spring game against the Reds. Wednesday marked the first time in two weeks that Sborz pitched in a game environment. His 4.50 spring ERA is clouded by his first outing -- two runs in one inning -- but he's been unscored upon in three straight appearances, including 1-2-3 efforts the last two times out. Sborz will fill a high-leverage role in 2024.
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Activated from injured list

    Sborz was activated from the 15-day injured list by the Rangers on Friday. Sborz got a late start to the season due to a sprained ankle, but he's ready to go now. The right-hander will fill a middle-relief role with the Rangers.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Ankle injury forces IL stint

    The Rangers placed Sborz on the 15-day injured list Wednesday due to a sprained ankle, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Sborz tweaked his ankle either in his final Cactus League appearance March 22 or in a workout at some point thereafter, so he'll be sidelined for at least the first two weeks of the season while he's on the mend. Once healthy, Sborz will likely work in the middle innings out of the bullpen.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Wild on Tuesday

    Sborz allowed three runs on one hit and three walks over a third of an inning in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs. Sborz entered in the fourth inning, an indication the Rangers are strongly considering him for a spot on the Opening Day roster. It also doesn't hurt that he's out of minor-league options. The right-hander remained on the 40-man roster over the winter despite his 6.45 ERA last season. The Rangers really like him, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "He's got the arsenal, all the weapons; it's there. He's just lacked the consistency in the strike zone," manager Bruce Bochy said. What the manager sees is a reliever that fanned 101 batters over 81.1 innings (12.9 K/9) in two seasons with the Rangers, but as indicated by Tuesday's performance, command is the issue; Sborz walked 43 batters in that same span. Bochy said the reliever's got the stuff to pitch late in games, especially relevant with Jose Leclerc (neck) working his way back from injury.
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  • Rangers' Josh Sborz: Shuttered for season

    The Rangers transferred Sborz (elbow) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Thursday. The transaction clears room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Jesus Tinoco, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of Thursday's game in Boston. The move also ends Sborz's season, as he was first placed on the 15-day IL on Tuesday due to the right elbow sprain. The 28-year-old reliever made 19 appearances for Texas, churning out a 6.45 ERA and 1.61 WHIP while striking out 32 over 22.1 innings.
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