11:53 AM EDT, Sun May 20, 2018
SportsDay

Why broadcaster CJ Nitkowski says these 2 players have taken advantage of Rangers' injuries

Rangers analyst CJ Nitkowski recently joined BaD Radio on The Ticket 96.7 FM / 1310 AM to talk about the Texas Rangers. Here are some of the highlights.On the Rangers' seasonNitkowski: Yeah, I mean, obviously a lot of bad luck with the injuries and it's pretty difficult to compete when you have three-fourths of your starting infield on the DL and then the other quarter is now mostly playing outfield because you have to make some adjustments and that's Joey Gallo....Then, of course, Martin Perez going on the DL, Doug Fister was missing some time on the DL and it's just been, you know, kind of...

Lone Star Ball

Thoughts on a 6-1 Rangers loss

Red Sox 6, Rangers 1 Red Sox 6, Rangers 1 Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He’s also lefthanded. The Rangers’ offense is not good right now, and the guys who do hit well are generally lefthanded hitters. Their two best righty bats, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, are both on the disabled list. Given that, this seemed like a game the Rangers would be expected to lose. And hey, they did lose! Doug Fister got the start, and seemed like he was in line to register a quality start, as he had allowed two runs through five innings, and then struck out Xander Bogaerts...

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Rangers hope Matt Bush improves this while coming out of Round Rock's bullpen

Right-hander Matt Bush has gone from a spring-training rotation candidate to in the bullpen with Triple-A Round Rock.The Rangers used Bush’s final option to send him out and clear a roster spot for right-hander Doug Fister, who rejoined the rotation after a stay on the disabled list. The Rangers want Bush, who had appeared in each of the previous three games, to sharpen his command. He had allowed nine walks in 11 1/3 innings.“It’ll be a great opportunity for Matt to go down and focus on sharpening that edge,’’ manager Jeff Banister said.Minor-league gems: A pair of 20-year-old...

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Wednesday's pitching matchup: Fister returns from DL for Rangers

On deckWednesday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER RHP DOUG FISTER (1-2, 3.95) has been on the disabled list since April 9 because of a strained right hip. Fister allowed five runs, two earned, in 3 2/3 innings during a loss at Oakland on April 4. Fister has a strikes rate of 61.3 percent.LOVES TO FACE: Matt Joyce is 3 for 17 with six strikeouts lifetime against Fister.HATES TO FACE: Jed Lowrie has a .625 slugging percentage for 32 career at-bats against Fister.OAKLAND STARTER RHP KENDALL GRAVEMAN (0-4, 10.07) allowed four runs in five innings during a loss to the Rangers on April 3. Graveman...

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What does Doug Fister's return mean for the Rangers' rotation?

ARLINGTON -- Doug Fister will return from the disabled list to join the Rangers' rotation Wednesday, Banister said, but the club has no immediate plans to shed a starter.It will give them a six-man rotation in which at least one pitcher, Cole Hamels, is operating on the schedule of a traditional five-man rotation.The move will allow the Rangers to continue to give Mike Minor at least five days of rest between starts. Minor threw 102 pitches on Friday, his highest pitch total since 2014, before two years of arm issues. Everybody's everyman hero, Bartolo Colon, will start Saturday at Toronto...

Lone Star Ball

Doug Fister starts Wednesday, Bartolo Colon Saturday

The Rangers have announced Doug Fister will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday and start against the Oakland A’s Texas Rangers rotation and probable pitchers: The Texas Rangers have announced that pitcher Doug Fister, who has been on the disabled list with a right hip strain, will be activated from the d.l. on Wednesday, April 25, when he will start against the Oakland A’s. In addition, per Evan Grant on Twitter, Bartolo Colon will start on Saturday, April 28, on the road in Toronto. Fister’s addition will likely require the Rangers to remove a pitcher from the active...

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Rangers notebook: Latest injury updates on Rougned Odor, Doug Fister

ARLINGTON - Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor still has not returned to doing any running, 11 days after suffering a hamstring strain. The Rangers announced Odor would likely miss at least three weeks with the injury. Odor said he has been swinging a bat. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Odor is still in the healing phase of dealing with the injury.Briefly: RHP Doug Fister threw 58 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, his first since suffering a hip strain on April 9. Fister had no issues and could possibly return to the rotation without a rehab assignment, manager Jeff Banister said,...