After missing most of 2014 with an elbow issue, Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers dealt with ankle and knee injuries last season while struggling to the tune of a 5.63 ERA over 42 appearances. Unfortunately, 2016 is already off to the wrong foot.
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Scheppers is slated to undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. It’s the same knee that bothered him for much of last season. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the expectation is that he’ll miss at least the first half of the season.
Tanners was excellent out of the bullpen in 2013, posting a 1.88 ERA over 76 appearances, but it’s been all downhill for him since the Rangers tried to convert him to a starter two years ago. Now he’ll have to wait until later this summer to break his string of bad luck.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.