Texas Rangers: Nate Adcock

Rapid Reaction: Rays 10, Rangers 1

August, 13, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Wednesday night started off badly with the news that Texas Rangers staff ace Yu Darvish was moved to the 15-day disabled list with right-elbow inflammation.

It continued when young right-hander Miles Mikolas took the mound and gave up three home runs in the first two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers' bumpy season took another bad step as the Rays picked up an easy 10-1 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rays starter Chris Archer struck out a career-high 12 while earning his 15th quality start of the season. It was a masterful performance by Archer -- and that’s not to say the Rangers weren’t trying, because they were. You just have to credit him.

Archer didn’t allow a hit until Leonys Martin’s leadoff double in the fifth, and the right-hander struck out six consecutive batters in the early innings.

It was just too easy and painful to watch.

Things were so bad that Rangers manager Ron Washington took reliever Nate Adcock out after three of the five hitters he faced reached base for Alex Claudio, who was called up when Darvish was placed on the DL, in the eighth inning.

The first two pitches of Claudio's major league career were for strikes. And he eventually struck out Kevin Kiermaier on a bender on the outside part of the plate for his first big league strikeout. When he finished the inning, having allowed no runs, he got a nice ovation from the crowd.

It was the only positive thing on the evening for the home team.

How it happened: Quickly. To make this simple, Matt Joyce homered for a 1-0 lead in the first; in the second, Mikolas gave up two more home runs as the Rays took a commanding 5-0 edge. The Rangers did get a run on Jim Adduci's sacrifice fly that scored Martin in the fifth.

Archer kept the Rangers guessing most of the night and they didn’t offer a serious threat outside of the sixth inning, when a pair of one-out singles from Elvis Andrus and Mike Carp got the crowd alive.

Archer struck out Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios to end the threat.

Leadoff hitter blues: Shin-Soo Choo is the Rangers' leadoff hitter, but doesn’t look like one at the plate. He struck out twice Wednesday and leads the majors with 124 strikeouts from the leadoff position. Miami’s Christian Yelich is second with 99. Choo has struck out in his past 11 games, the longest stretch of the season.

Saving the bullpen: Washington elected to use first baseman J.P. Arencibia in the ninth inning over a reliever in mop-up duty. It was Arencibia’s first appearance as a pitcher and the third time this season the Rangers used a position player on the mound. Arencibia allowed just an infield hit in his one inning of work.

What’s next? Left-hander Robbie Ross (2-4, 5.61 ERA) takes on right-hander Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89) on Thursday night.

Pregame Notes: Holland not smooth

July, 27, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The return of Derek Holland has some issues.

The starting left-handed starter has missed the entire season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in January.

Holland threw a bullpen session and conducted some fielding drills on Sunday, but manager Ron Washington wasn’t totally convinced about everything.

“We’ll sit and discuss,” Washington said. “He still wasn’t smooth."

Holland is projected to return from the DL and make a two-inning rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Frisco. His ability to move on the mound raises issues with him with roughly two months to play in the season.

Washington will meet with GM Jon Daniels, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins to discuss the next steps with Holland.

“My pitching has always been pretty good,” Holland said. “It’s a matter of fielding and I feel like I’m good to go, but it’s up to them.”

Tepesch feels fine: RHP starter Nick Tepesch left Saturday’s start in the seventh inning when he felt something in his left knee. Tepesch said a team doctor examined him and determined there was some inflammation but nothing structurally wrong with the knee.

Tepesch said the front of the knee didn’t feel good after he planted it while throwing a pitch in the top of the seventh. He left with a 2-1 count to Josh Donaldson.

“I don’t think it’s something that’s going to affect me down the road,” Tepesh said.

The Rangers might skip his next scheduled start as a health precaution or based on who's left on the staff after the trade deadline on Thursday.

“We haven’t made a decision as to whether he’s not going to start,” Washington said. “We’ll just continue to see how things look. He said he felt good.”

Who starts Friday?:Tepesch could start but this Thursday’s off day complicates matters. Jerome Williams pitched well last Friday against the Athletics and Washington said he deserves another chance to pitch. Miles Mikolas, Sunday’s starter, is on target to pitch Friday based on his normal four days of rest.

Washington ruled out a six-man rotation and how his young hurlers perform is also a factor. Williams is a favorite just because he’s a veteran, yet, the Rangers want to make sure the younger pitchers get a chance to start as many games possible.

“He can fit two ways,” Washington said of Williams. “He can be a long guy and he can start, so I just think we need to wait until we get closer to when he’s available again.”

Adcock settles down: RHP reliever Nate Adcock made his debut on Saturday night and struggled in his first inning of work where he allowed two home runs. His 30-pitch evening ended with no troubles in his second inning of work where he had a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

"I was just too excited and overthrew that first inning, try to blow guys away," he said. "(Andy Hawkins) calmed me down in the dugout and told me to trust my stuff and it definitely helped out and I had a good second inning.

Base Hits: LF Jake Smolinski (15-day DL with left foot bruise) said the swelling has gone down but he still hasn’t started running yet. ... The Rangers wore a patch on their white jerseys for Sunday’s game against the Athletics, honoring the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. The voice of the Rangers, Eric Nadel was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award and team special assistant, Greg Maddux was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Greg Maddux is the younger brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Injuries: Elvis Andrus closer to returning

March, 4, 2014
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is closer to returning to the lineup after taking a few days off from games to deal with flexor tendinitis.

Andrus is throwing again and participated in most of the team drills Monday. He could get in a game in the next day or two.

Other injuries:

* C Geovany Soto (foot surgery) is out of his boot and is hitting soft toss and off a tee as he continues to ramp up for what he hopes is a mid-March return.

* RHP Nate Adcock, a nonroster invitee to spring training, felt some numbness in the fingers on his throwing hand and will not pitch until team physician Dr. Keith Meister can take a look at him. That may not be until this weekend.

* RHP Miles Mikolas (elbow soreness) and RHP Shawn Tolleson (back) are throwing from 90 feet.

Russell Wilson shares drive to succeed

March, 3, 2014
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Russell WilsonMark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY SportsRussell Wilson was greeted by fans, a few with signs thanking him for the Seahawks' Super Bowl win.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Nate Adcock, a 26-year-old non-roster right-handed pitcher considered a long shot to make the Texas Rangers this spring, was eating breakfast in the clubhouse when Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson asked if he could join him.

For 10 or 15 minutes, Adcock and 25-year-old catcher Brett Nicholas, invited to big league camp after a solid Double-A season, peppered Wilson with questions.

“We just wanted to be a sponge and soak it all in,” Adcock said. “He was telling us about his day and that he gets in at 5:45 in the morning and doesn’t leave until 7 [p.m.]. He puts in a lot of hard work and a lot of hours.

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Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY SportsRussell Wilson joined Rangers manager Ron Washington for the skipper's daily infield practice.
“If a championship-caliber quarterback, and one our age, puts that kind of work in, you probably need to do the same thing. I’m not saying I don’t work hard, but there’s always more you can do.”

That’s the reason the Rangers selected Wilson in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December. They paid $12,000 to grab him from the Colorado Rockies.

The investment was for days like Monday.

After breakfast, Wilson stretched his arm and joined manager Ron Washington for the daily extra infield practice. Tucked back on a half-field, with plenty of cameras clicking, Wilson listened intently as Washington put him through a variety of individual infield drills.

“He surprised me for not being out on the baseball field for a while,” Washington said. “I might have burned his legs up a little bit, but he made it through all the drills and did a fantastic job. He’s got tremendous aptitude. That’s why he is who he is. You give him something and he knows how to apply it.”

Wilson stretched with the team, chatting with regulars Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar. He then took grounders with the rest of the infielders as part of the team fundamental drills. Several hundred fans, many of them dressed in Seahawks colors and a few of them with handmade signs thanking him for the Super Bowl victory, cheered as he scooped up balls and practiced flips to second base to start double plays and throws to first to finish them. Wilson watched as some of the club’s players in the lineup for today’s game took batting practice.

He’s expected to be in uniform and watch from the dugout during the club’s Cactus League game with the Cleveland Indians and then talk to the media. He’ll also spend some time with some of the club’s minor leaguers and then will eat a private dinner with some of the team’s core players.

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Three sign deals, invited to spring training

December, 5, 2013
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The Texas Rangers signed free-agent right-handed pitchers Jose Contreras and Nate Adcock and outfielder Bryan Petersen to 2014 minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to major league spring training, the team announced Thursday.

Contreras, who will turn 42 on Friday, spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Boston organizations. His only major league action came with the Pirates in May, when he allowed five runs over five innings in seven relief outings. Contreras had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June of 2012 and spent spring training rehabbing.

Conteras has a 78-67 career record with a 4.57 ERA over 299 games (175 starts) with Yankees, White Sox, Rockies, Phillies and Pirates. If he appears for the Rangers next season, Contreras would be second to only Nolan Ryan among oldest players in club history.

Adcock, 25, split last season in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations, going a combined 8-6 with a 6.67 ERA in 26 games (19 starts) for Omaha and Reno in the Pacific Coast League.

Petersen, 27, batted .275 with 33 doubles, eight home runs and 49 RBIs in 136 games with New Orleans (AAA) in the Miami Marlins organization last season.

Winter league update: Neftali Feliz has a 1.80 ERA in five innings pitched with six strikeouts over 5 relief appearances for Este of the Dominican Winter League. ... OF Engel Beltre is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored over his last six games with Licey. ... LHP Joseph Ortiz has four straight scoreless appearances (4 2/3 innings pitched) with a pair of saves for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Nate Adcock

May, 27, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a much-deserved day off, the Texas Rangers play the first of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM/TXA-21) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Colby Lewis is set to take the mound for the Rangers against Royals right-hander Nathan Adcock.

Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.69 ERA): Working on five days rest for his 10th start this season, Lewis looks to go over the .500 mark at home where is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. His last appearance was at Philadelphia in a 2-0 loss to the Phillies. Lewis went 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs but managing six strikeouts. Lewis hasn’t faced the Royals since 2003, but in three career games -- two starts -- he’s 1-1 with a 9.64 ERA.

Nate Adcock (1-0, 1.66 ERA): Making his second career start, Adcock has made eight relief appearances this season. His first start was May 21 in a 3-0 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Adcock held the Cardinals scoreless in five innings of work, allowing only three hits and striking out four batters. The rookie picked up his only win April 30 against the Minnesota Twins, pitching a perfect seventh inning in route to an 11-2 victory.

Hitters: Lewis has not given up a hit to a batter on the Royals roster, in part because he’s only faced shortstop Alcides Escobar. The lone batter to see a pitch from Lewis is 0-for-1…Rangers hitter are 3-for-9 against Adcock is 3-for-9. Ian Kinsler is 1-for-2 against the right-hander while Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland have homered in their only at-bats against Adcock.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .327
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .886
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182