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Top Rangers News

  • Rangers' Danny Duffy: Sidelined to begin season

    Triple-A Round Rock placed Duffy (forearm) on its 7-day injured list Friday.

    Duffy caught on with the Rangers on a minor-league deal in late January but didn't make any appearances during the Cactus League slate while working his way back from the left forearm strain that he sustained in July of 2021 and aggravated last September while he was in the midst of a minor-league rehab assignment with the Dodgers. The southpaw is without a clear timeline for a return and may be looking to reboot his career as a reliever after having not appeared in a game in the majors since 2021.

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  • Rangers' Jonah Heim: Resting Saturday

    Heim is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Heim drew the nod behind the plate Opening Day and went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI in Thursday's 11-7 win. Though he'll take a seat Saturday and give way to Mitch Garver behind the dish, Heim is still expected to be the Rangers' preferred option at catcher more often than not.

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  • Rangers' Brad Miller: In Saturday's lineup

    Miller will serve as the designated hitter and bat eighth Saturday against the Phillies.

    Miller, who started at DH in Thursday's opener against Aaron Nola, slots in against another right-hander, Zack Wheeler. The lefty-hitting Miller popped a home run Thursday off reliever Connor Brogdon and should be a lineup regular against right-handers.

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  • Rangers' Josh Smith: Making second straight start

    Smith will start in left field and bat ninth in Saturday's game against Philadelphia.

    Smith is making his second straight start in left field, both coming against right-handers. He was projected for utility work, but center fielder Leody Taveras' oblique injury forced manager Bruce Bochy to adjust the outfield. For the second straight game, Adolis Garcia starts in center and be flanked by Smith in left and Robbie Grossman in right. The Phillies are scheduled to throw left-hander Bailey Falter on Sunday, which will offer a glimpse into Bochy's lineup preferences against southpaws. Bubba Thompson could enter the starting nine in place of Smith in Sunday's series finale.

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  • Rangers' Mitch Garver: In Saturday's lineup

    Garver will start at catcher and bat seventh against the Phillies on Saturday.

    Garver is making his 2023 debut after ceding catching duties to Jonah Heim in the season opener Thursday. After playing just 14 games at catcher in 2022 due to a forearm injury, he may not qualify at catcher depending on league settings, but Garver is expected to share backstop duties with Heim in 2023. He'll also rotate at designated hitter along with Heim and Brad Miller, who will start at DH on Saturday.

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  • Rangers' Adolis Garcia: Stars in CF

    Garcia started in center field and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 11-7 win over Philadelphia.

    The Rangers need to adjust to center fielder Leody Taveras (oblique) being on the injured list to start the season, and Garcia will be one option in center. Bubba Thompson, who came off the bench later in the game, will also be in the mix. When Thompson starts, Garcia is expected to be in right field.

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  • Rangers' Mitch Garver: Sits Opening Day

    Garver did not play in Thursday's 11-7 win over the Phillies.

    The switch-hitting Jonah Heim got the start behind the plate against Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola, while Brad Miller served as the designated hitter. Those two players plus Garver are expected to see most of the at-bats at DH this season for the Rangers.

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  • Rangers' Brad Miller: Pops Opening Day homer

    Miller started at designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 11-7 win over the Phillies.

    The lefty-hitting Miller slotted into the Opening Day lineup against Philadelphia righty Aaron Nola. The Rangers should rotate players through the DH spot this year as Miller shares the role with catchers Jonah Heim and Mitch Garver, as well as other starters who might need a partial rest day.

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  • Rangers' Robbie Grossman: Homers from left side

    Grossman started in right field went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in Thursday's 11-7 win over Philadelphia.

    Grossman's three-run shot was part of the Rangers' nine-run fourth inning and tied the game after Texas had fallen behind 5-0. The switch hitter launched it from the left side, which is supposed to be his weaker side. Grossman is expected to serve as the team's primary left fielder -- he moved there later in the game -- but center fielder Leody Taveras' oblique injury may upset lineup plans early on. Adolis Garcia started in center while Josh Smith manned left field.

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  • Rangers' Jacob deGrom: Gives up five runs

    DeGrom allowed five earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven across 3.2 innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies. He did not factor into the decision.

    DeGrom was making his Rangers' debut, though things didn't go as planned as he allowed at least one run in three of the four innings he pitched. All six of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, one of which was a two-run homer by Alec Bohm. On the other hand, deGrom did show flashes of his usual dominance by striking out seven on 13 called strikes and 10 swinging strikes across 73 pitches. While it was far from his best performance, it's way too early to grow concerned about deGrom's potential to produce moving forward.

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  • Rangers' Rafael Ortega: Joins Rangers

    Ortega signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Ortega was released from his contract with the Yankees after failing to make the big-league team this spring. He'll now have the chance to earn a more substantial role with Texas, which has a need in center field so long as Leody Taveras (oblique) is sidelined.

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  • Rangers' Jose Leclerc: First in line to close

    Leclerc is likely to see the save opportunity for the Rangers should one arise Thursday against the Phillies, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Leclerc has been seen as the favorite to close for a while, but his velocity was down this spring and manager Bruce Bochy had hedged his bets previously. However, it does appear the right-hander is indeed at the top of the pecking order. Will Smith, Jonathan Hernandez and Ian Kennedy could be options to close if Leclerc stumbles.

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  • Rangers' Bubba Thompson: On the bench for opener

    Thompson is not in the Rangers' lineup for Thursday's opener against the Phillies.

    With Leody Taveras (oblique) out, the Rangers have elected to slide Adolis Garcia over to center field and he will be flanked by Josh Smith and Robbie Grossman. Thompson should still be in the mix for starts in center until Taveras returns, but it doesn't appear he's the preferred option.

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  • Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Clinches bullpen spot

    Hearn secured a spot in the Rangers' Opening Day bullpen after the team finalized its 26-man active roster Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Hearn appeared to be on the roster bubble following a poor showing in spring training along with the fact that he had a minor-league option remaining, but Texas ultimately chose to keep him on hand as an extra lefty arm out of the bullpen over fellow southpaw John King, who was dispatched to Triple-A Round Rock. Though he worked as a swingman for Texas in 2022 while making 13 starts over his 31 appearances, Hearn is expected to serve as a full-time reliever in 2023, with most of his opportunities presumably coming in middle-inning or lower-leverage spots.

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  • Rangers' Ricky Vanasco: Undergoes knee surgery

    Vanasco will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks after recently undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, Kennedi Landry of reports.

    Vanasco suffered the knee injury while fielding a ground ball during his final outing of spring training last week in a minor-league game. Since he's expected to be shut down from baseball activities for at least one month, Vanasco may require another month after that to build his arm up, so he shouldn't be expected to make his 2023 debut until late May or early June. The right-hander will likely report to Double-A Frisco or Triple-A Round Rock when available after pitching to a 4.68 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP over 23 appearances between Frisco and High-A Hickory in 2022.

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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' Leody Taveras: Officially placed on IL

    Texas placed Taveras (oblique) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of reports.

    As expected, Taveras will spend a chunk of time on the IL to begin the 2023 campaign after suffering a left oblique strain in early March. The hope is that the switch-hitting outfielder will debut sometime in mid-April. Travis Jankowski made the Opening Day roster in his place.

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  • Rangers' Spencer Howard: Goes on 15-day IL

    Texas placed Howard (arm) on the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of reports.

    Howard began experiencing right arm fatigue in early March and still needs to build back up into regular-season form. There's no exact timeframe for when he might be an option in Texas.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .313


Player Injury
L. Taveras CF Leody Taveras CF Oblique
J. Odorizzi SP Jake Odorizzi SP Arm
J. Sborz RP Josh Sborz RP Ankle
S. Howard SP Spencer Howard SP Arm
G. Otto SP Glenn Otto SP Lat

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