ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers have two corner outfielders nursing ankle problems.
Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo has been dealing with a left ankle sprain since April, and now right fielder Alex Rios has an ankle issue of his own. Rios said the back of his right ankle is giving him trouble and it’s something he’s going to be dealing with for the rest of the season.
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Rios ran in the outfield and consulted with the trainers staff, along with manager Ron Washington and outfield coach Gary Pettis.
“It’s nothing dangerous or anything bad,” Rios said of the ankle sprain. “I have to go day by day.”
Rios’ uncertain status limits Washington's optiong with his two veteran outfielders. Choo has been playing more right field and DH lately. Rios, whom Washington expects to play Wednesday, is mainly a right fielder and would have to get some DH work as well to give his ankle some time to rest.
“Probably give him some DH days, I don’t know yet,” Washington said of his plan for Rios. “I want to see how he thinks. If I suggest to him I want DH him, Alex is not going to complain. If I say he’s playing right field, he’s not going to complain. He’s a team player.”
Scheppers moving to bullpen: Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who has pitched in just eight games this season due to elbow inflammation, will move to the bullpen full-time in 2015.
Scheppers, who is on his second DL stint and is out for the rest of the season, will start a throwing program in about eight weeks with the goal to throw one or two bullpen sessions and morph into a normal offseason plan.
“I’m not in position to make that call,” Scheppers said. “I just want to play at this point.”
Scheppers pitched 23 innings in eights games (four starts) this season, compiling a 0-1 mark with an ERA of 9.00.
Base Hits: C Chris Gimenez accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. … Former Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers will be honored in the middle of the second inning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his perfect game. Rogers no-hit the California Angels in a 4-0 win July 28, 1994.