Relief pitchers Spencer Patton and Lisalverto Bonilla made their big league debuts Thursday night, giving the Rangers 63 players and 40 pitchers used this season, both major league records for a single season.
The Rangers have also set team records for rookies used (22) and big league debuts (15) this season.
Patton’s debut was delayed a few days because his wife gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday. The new dad was pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Bonilla threw 58 pitches over three innings of work. His first pitch was short of the plate and hit home plate umpire Vic Carapazza in the groin, causing a slight delay and a few laughs.
“Got him in the kneecap, right,” joked manager Ron Washington.
Bonilla gave up a solo home run in the eighth inning to Chris Denorfia for his only real mistake.
“I thought Patton came in and his 92-, 93-mph fastball looked like 96, 97,” Washington said. “He’s got a little finish on it and he showed a good breaking ball, and he did show some composure out there on the mound. He looked like he could pitch a little bit. Bonilla did a good job. He got a fastball up and Denorfia didn’t miss it. But after that, he managed his innings and he got out of it. I was really pleased with what he did.”
Mikolas hopes to return: Right-handed starter Miles Mikolas has missed his last two scheduled starts because of a sore shoulder and received a cortisone shot Thursday. Mikolas said he hopes to throw a bullpen session next Tuesday and possibly return to the rotation. Mikolas also noted he would pitch out of the bullpen if needed.