Tanner Scheppers not worried about back

February, 19, 2014
Feb 19
10:14
AM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers said his back felt better Wednesday, though he still won't be throwing for at least another day or two just to be sure the spasms go away completely.

Scheppers said he hurt his back doing squats Tuesday morning, which forced him to miss his scheduled live batting practice session with the rest of the pitchers.

"We'll just give it a couple of days and I should be out there," Scheppers said.

The 27-year-old right-hander has been stretched out to start this spring. The last time he was arrived in Surprise attempting to start, back trouble kept it from happening. But Scheppers doesn't see any similarities.

"If it happened while I was pitching, that would be one thing," Scheppers said. "But this was just lifting weights."

Scheppers said he did spend more time this offseason strengthening his legs knowing that he was coming into camp attempting to start. Of course, being stretched out to start doesn't mean much when the spring ends. Scheppers was one of the club's setup relievers last season and could wind up in that role -- or maybe even as the closer depending on how things develop. So his top job right now is getting healthy.

Team physician Dr. Keith Meister returns to camp Thursday and will take a look at Scheppers.

Other injuries:

* SS Jurickson Profar (shoulder tendinitis): The youngster said he isn't too concerned about his shoulder, which gave him enough discomfort this week that he won't throw for another week, and will use the time to work on all of the other aspects of second base.

* LHP Matt Harrison (neck): He said he felt better today, but will just do conditioning and PFP on the field. Dr. Meister will evaluate Harrison as well.

* RHP Ben Rowen (biceps tendinitis): Will see Dr. Meister this week, but is not throwing. MRI was clear.

* RHP Roman Mendez (olecranon stress fracture): Threw bullpen Tuesday and had no issues.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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