NEW YORK -- Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers is back on the Triple-A disabled list with what the club is calling "back weakness." Scheppers started the season on the DL, came off to start in Saturday's game in New Orleans, but gave up three runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in just two innings.
"After yesterday's outing, he still felt some issues in his back," Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine said. "Rather than have him continuing to throw, we're going to take a step back and invest in a core-strenghthening and flexibility routine so when he comes back, he doesn't have these maintenance issues."
The club may send him to Arizona to do that core-strengthening work.
"There is nothing structural wrong, just a recurrence of some stiffness," Levine said. "We're not comfortable having him pitch through it. We want to knock this out once and for all."
* Levine said the reports on Tommy Hunter (strained groin) have been good and that he could start throwing off a mound early this week.
* Eric Hurley (illness) was activated off the Triple-A DL and he is slated to start Monday's game.
* Nelson Cruz said New York is by far the place where he has to buy the most tickets for family and friends. "There's a lot of people from the Dominican up here," Cruz said. He left 19 tickets at Will Call for tonight's game and that was after leaving a total of 28 the previous two nights.