Another day, another injured Rangers pitcher.
This time it’s starter Anthony Ranaudo, who exited this afternoon’s game against the White Sox with what the team is calling “right arm discomfort.” He’ll no doubt undergo further testing.
Ranaudo was a Red Sox first-round pick in 2010 and was acquired from Boston in January in exchange for Robbie Ross. He made seven starts for the Red Sox in his debut last season and is now competing for a spot in the Rangers’ rotation, which is a lot less lofty of a goal following news that Yu Darvish will likely need season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery.
Joe Nathan spent the offseason talking about how he planned to have a bounceback year and show everyone he wasn’t washed up after a decade as an elite closer, but the early results aren’t promising.
Nathan, whose first season in Detroit included a 4.81 ERA and lots of boos from Tigers fans, allowed six runs while recording two outs this afternoon. Even more worrisome, his fastball was clocked in the high-80s and he topped out at 91 miles per hour.
Nathan was so good for so long with the Twins and Rangers that a bounceback season at age 40 didn’t seem as crazy as it might for other pitchers, but unfortunately it’s looking more and more like he may simply be finished as a top-end reliever. Detroit owes him $10 million this year.
Royals left-hander Tim Collins underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday and will miss the entire season.
Collins missed time with elbow problems last season and exited his spring training debut with elbow tightness, which an MRI exam showed to be from ligament damage.
Collins has been very solid out of the Royals’ bullpen since debuting in 2011 as a 21-year-old, throwing 211 innings with a 3.54 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings to offset shaky control. His absence seemingly increases the odds of Brandon Finnegan cracking the opening Day roster, as a reliever.
He’ll be paid $1.45 million this season in his second year of arbitration eligibility and the Royals will have to decide whether to keep Collins for 2016 at roughly the same price tag.