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  • Rangers Option Nick Solak, Release Matt Carpenter

    The Rangers announced this afternoon that catcher Mitch Garver is returning from the 10-day injured list. To open space on the active roster, corner outfielder Nick Solak has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Texas also announced that veteran infielder Matt Carpenter has been released from his minor league contract, making him a free agent. Garver returns after…

    May 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Matt Carpenter
  • Nick Solak Sent To Triple-A Thursday

    The Texas Rangers optioned outfielder Nick Solak to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. The move was made to clear a roster spot for Mitch Garver (elbow), who is returning from the injured list. Solak had been seeing a good amount of playing time as both an outfielder and designated hitter, but he'd been struggling immensely at the plate. Over 26 games, he slashed .209/.293/.313 with two home runs, three stolen bases, three RBI and 11 runs.

    May 19 · Source via Rangers Nick Solak
  • Matt Carpenter Released By Rangers

    The Texas Rangers released infielder Matt Carpenter from his minor league deal on Thursday. The 36-year-old had been putting together a nice year at Triple-A. Over 21 games, he slashed .275/.379/.613 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 15 runs. Carpenter spent the entirety of his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals prior to this season. Last year, he struggled immensely at the plate, slashing .169/.305/.275 with just three home runs over 130 games. We'll see if another team is willing to take a chance on the three-time All-Star.

    May 19 · Source via Rangers Matt Carpenter
  • Mitch Garver Activated From Injured List Thursday

    The Texas Rangers activated catcher/first baseman Mitch Garver (elbow) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday night's game against the Houston Astros. Outfielder Nick Solak was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Garver has been hampered by a right elbow injury and he has still yet to fully heal. He will be strictly used as a designated hitter for the time being as he hasn't been cleared to start throwing the ball. Jonah Heim will remain the team's starting catcher with Sam Huff as the backup. Over 22 games so far this year, Garver is slashing .205/.292/.346 with three home runs, eight RBI and seven runs.

    May 19 · Source via Rangers Mitch Garver
  • Joe Barlow Unavailable Due To Hot Spot On Finger

    Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow (finger) was unavailable to pitch on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels due to a "hot spot" on his right index finger, which is essentially a blister. Barlow has dealt with the blister all year, but it became tender and sore on Wednesday, and the Rangers are hoping an extra day of rest will help. Reliever Matt Bush was asked to close the game with Barlow unavailable, and he could not get the job done, allowing a two-run homer to Jared Walsh to tie the game. Dennis Santana allowed a run but was credited with the win in extra innings. Barlow, who has converted all seven of his save chances and hasn't allowed an earned run in 15 straight save chances, could be out a few more days.

    May 19 · Source via Rangers Joe Barlow closers
  • Mitch Garver To Be Strictly DH Upon Return

    Texas Rangers catcher/designated hitter Mitch Garver (elbow) was sent out on a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. He will be exclusively serving as designated hitter during his rehab assignment and he will have that same role when he returns to the Rangers. Garver is dealing with a right elbow injury and he still isn't throwing the ball, so he can't play either catcher or first base for now. It's still unclear at this point exactly when he'll be back with the Rangers, but it sounds as if his return is close. The 31-year-old is slashing .205/.292/.346 with three home runs, eight RBI and seven runs over 22 games on the year.

    May 17 · Source via Rangers Mitch Garver
  • Nathaniel Lowe Sitting On Tuesday Amidst Slump

    Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe is heading to the bench for Tuesday's game against left-hander Reid Detmers and the Los Angeles Angels. Andy Ibanez will be covering first base and batting seventh in the game. Lowe has been in a massive slump at the plate for over three weeks now. He's managed just four hits over his last 57 at-bats and none of the four hits were for extra-bases. The 26-year-old is slugging just .292 on the season with only one home run and four doubles over 32 games.

    May 17 · Source via Rangers Nathaniel Lowe
  • Joe Barlow Picks Up Seventh Save Of Season Monday

    Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow earned his seventh save of the season in Monday's 7-4 win over the Angels. Barlow entered the game to pitch the ninth inning up by three. He walked the first hitter, but then got a strikeout, a flyout, and a line out to end the game. The 26-year-old has yet to blow a save opportunity this season and has a 1.35 ERA, 15 strikeouts, and four walks through 13 1/3 innings pitched. He is rostered in just 69 percent of leagues and should be rostered in at least all roto leagues at this time.

    May 17 · Source via Rangers Joe Barlow closers
  • Mitch Garver To Begin Rehab In Double-A Tuesday

    Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Garver (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. Garver injured his elbow last week and there was initially some speculation that it was a serious injury but he seems to have avoided a lengthy stay on the sidelines. For now, Garver is slated to serve as the DH for Frisco on Tuesday and it is unclear whether he will be catching at any point. Garver is hitting .205 with three homers, seven runs, and eight RBI over 78 at-bats in 2022.

    May 16 · Source via Rangers Mitch Garver
  • Jon Gray To Face Angels On Monday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray (knee) is good to go for a start on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels after getting through a bullpen session on Saturday without any issues. Gray left his last start on Monday against the New York Yankees when he felt "something" in his left knee in the fifth inning. The right-hander went on the injured list earlier this year with a low-grade left knee strain. He will be wearing a brace on his knee and won't be a recommended DFS play against a tough opponent, even though manager Chris Woodward said Gray won't have any restrictions against the Angels. In his four starts this year, Gray has allowed 10 earned runs while walking seven and striking out 15 in 16 1/3 innings pitched.

    May 16 · Source via Rangers Jon Gray
  • Adolis Garcia Blasts Two Homers

    Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia put together a strong performance in the victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The 29-year-old outfielder has started off slow this season, hitting .205/.261/.418 with six homers, 23 RBI. On Sunday, Garcia blasted two home runs and collected five RBI in the 7-1 victory. This marks his fourth multi-homer game of his career. Despite this performance, Garcia is tough to trust in most fantasy formats right now.

    May 15 · Source via Rangers Adolis Garcia
  • Corey Seager Picking Up The Power

    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager has not performed as well as he might have hoped through his first 114 at-bats with his new team, slashing .237/.302/.430 with seven homers, 13 runs, and 15 RBI. He has homered three times in his last three matchups, but unfortunately those are the only three hits Seager has managed in 25 at-bats over his last seven games. With a .227 BABIP on the season, it's expected that some more hits will start to fall in, and Seager's overall numbers will rise. Sitting in the 93rd percentile of xSLG, a buy-low window may be starting to close.

    May 13 · Source via Rangers Corey Seager
  • Joe Barlow Picks Up Sixth Save

    Texas Rangers reliever Joe Barlow threw a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to preserve the club's 3-1 win over the Royals. He struck out one batter in the frame while working around a single and a walk to pick up his sixth save in as many chances this season. The right-hander has now strung together eight-straight scoreless appearances to bring his ERA to 1.59 and his WHIP to 0.79 with a 14/3 K/BB though 11 1/3 IP. Although his club may not produce an abundant amount of save opportunities in 2022, Barlow can still post admirable year-end numbers as the clear closing options for the Rangers.

    May 13 · Source via Rangers Joe Barlow closers
  • Marcus Semien Getting A Breather Thursday

    Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. After a record-setting year last year in Toronto, Semien has had a rough start to his first season in Texas. He has gone hitless in his last 16 at-bats with five strikeouts in the last four games to drop his season line to .165/.228/.217. Semien is still searching for his first home run of the year after clearing the fences a career-high 45 times in 2021, and he's struck out 25 times in 127 plate appearances. Andy Ibanez is starting at second base and is hitting ninth on Thursday, while Eli White is starting in left field and batting eighth against Royals right-hander Jon Heasley. Hopefully, Semien will get his bat heated up sooner than later.

    May 12 · Source via Rangers Marcus Semien
  • Joe Barlow Earns Fifth Save Of Season Tuesday

    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joe Barlow notched his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Royals. Barlow came into the game to pitch the ninth inning with a two-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts to seal the deal. The 26-year-old appears to have emerged as the team's closer this season after seeing save opportunities last season as well. He has converted all of his save opportunities with a stellar 1.74 ERA, 13 strikeouts, and two walks over 10 1/3 innings pitched. Rostered in just 58 percent of leagues, Barlow is still available and is worth a roster spot in roto leagues and deeper points leagues at least.

    May 11 · Source via Rangers Joe Barlow closers
  • Mitch Garver Lands On Injured List

    Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Garver was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a flexor sprain. In a corresponding move, the Rangers recalled catcher Sam Huff from Triple-A Round Rock. Garver was out of the lineup the last two games, and now he'll miss at least the next 10 days. The 31-year-old veteran backstop was hitting just .205 with three home runs and eight RBI in his first 89 plate appearances for Texas. While he won't hit for a high average, there is some pop there, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect a repeat of his 31-homer campaign in 2019. With Garver on the shelf for at least the next 10 days, Jonah Heim will serve as the starting backstop, with Huff backing him up.

    May 10 · Source via Rangers Mitch Garver
  • Jon Gray Removed With Knee Soreness

    Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray (knee) was removed from his start early on Monday against the New York Yankees for precautionary reasons with left knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. It's a tough one for Gray and any fantasy managers that were brave enough to start him against the Bronx Bombers, as he struck out four over 4 1/3 scoreless innings before departing. The 30-year-old right-hander felt something in his knee while fielding a bunt early in the game. It remains to be seen if Gray will be able to make his next scheduled start, but we'll have a better idea after the Rangers look at him on Tuesday. Coming into Monday's start, Gray had allowed 10 earned runs on 11 hits while walking four and striking out 11 in 12 innings in his first three starts for the Rangers.

    May 9 · Source via Rangers Jon Gray
  • Jon Gray Leaves Monday's Start Early

    Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Jon Gray (undisclosed) left his start on Monday early with the team's athletic trainer during the fifth inning. Gray had thrown 4.1 innings scoreless frames against the New York Yankees, striking out four batters while walking three and surrendering two hits. Fantasy managers should continue to keep an eye out for updates about Gray over the next few hours.

    May 9 · Source via Rangers Jon Gray
  • Nathaniel Lowe Heading To The Bench On Monday

    Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against left-hander Nestor Cortes and the New York Yankees. Andy Ibanez will be covering first and batting sixth in the game. Lowe has been struggling at the plate so far in May. Over five games this month, he's gone 2-for-20 with one walk, nine strikeouts and no extra-base hits. Thanks to his strong start to the season, he still has a solid .270 batting average on the year, but he's only managed to hit one home run over 26 games.

    May 9 · Source via Rangers Nathaniel Lowe
  • Dane Dunning Earns Quality Start Sunday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning took a no-decision but earned a quality start in Sunday's Game 1 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Dunning pitched 6 innings, allowing one run on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The 27-year-old has pitched well this season, compiling a 3.38 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks over six starts and 32 IP. It is unknown when his next start will be and fantasy managers should not feel comfortable sending Dunning out in tough matchups, but he is worth keeping an eye on, as he is rostered in just 10 percent of leagues at this time.

    May 8 · Source via Rangers Dane Dunning
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