Tanner Scheppers was one of the more dominant relief pitchers in baseball in 2013. In an astounding 76 appearances and 76.2 innings pitcher, Scheppers posted a 1.88 ERA.
Scheppers was promoted to the starting rotation for 2014 and named the opening day starter. The results, however, have been a stark contrast to the success of 2013. In four starts Scheppers is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA and only 18.1 innings pitched.
Now the Rangers believe they have identified one of the reasons for his struggles. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports, the team placed Scheppers on the disabled list Friday with elbow inflammation.
The club announced Friday that Scheppers has inflammation in the muscle near his right elbow and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list immediately…
“…General manager Jon Daniels said an MRI revealed nothing more than wear and tear to the elbow ligament, but there is inflammation to the muscle in the area. He will begin a regiment of oral anti-inflammatory medication. He will not throw for 10 days and then be re-evaluated.”
As expected the Rangers will proceed carefully with the 27-year-old to try and avoid a more serious elbow injury, the likes of which have plagued MLB this season. As for the big picture with the Rangers, this is just the latest of a rash of injuries, especially to their pitching staff, to start the 2014 season.