Injuries & Moves: Dunning heads to paternity list; Duran to IL

May 27th, 2023


May 27: RHP placed on paternity list; LHP recalled from Triple-A Round Rock 
Dunning was scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale in Baltimore, but instead may remain on MLB’s Paternity League List for a maximum of 72 hours. Starting in place of the injured Jacob deGrom, the right-hander has posted a 4-0 record with a 1.67 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 12 games (four starts) for Texas in 2023. Manager Bruce Bochy said he’s not yet sure who will start in Dunning's spot on Sunday, but Bradford is the likely option. The lefty made his MLB debut in a start on May 15 against the Braves in Arlington. He’s posted a 0.99 ERA with Triple-A Round Rock this season.

May 27: UTL placed on 10-day IL; OF activated from 10-day IL
With Duran landing on the IL with mild oblique discomfort, Jankowski was activated from the IL and returned from his rehab assignment with the Round Rock Express. Jankowski was on the injured list from May 8-26 with a right hamstring strain, and he went 3-for-10 with a double, 2 RBIs and two walks over three games on his rehab assignment.


10-day and 15-day IL

UTL (mild right oblique discomfort)
Expected Return: Early June
The move is retroactive to Wednesday, May 24. Duran was removed in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ win over the Pirates the day prior with what was described as back tightness after a hard swing earlier in the game. Manager Bruce Bochy said the training staff doesn’t expect Duran to need more than the 10 days on the IL.  Duran was hitting .301 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs over 40 games for Texas this season, making appearances at shortstop (24), designated hitter (5), left field (4) and third base (1). He is eligible to return on June 3.  (Last updated: May 27)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
deGrom threw 31 pitches in a bullpen session on May 26 in Baltimore, and manager Bruce Bochy said he “felt fine” as he began to throw sliders and changeups for the first time since his injury. Bochy said the staff will continue to evaluate deGrom and that they’ll have a clearer picture of the timeline in the coming days as they see how he recovers following the bullpen session. 

“His next step, it's just hard to say at this point because you're adjusting on the fly a little bit here,” Bochy said. “We don’t know whether we take the next step or have him throw another bullpen, but to me it's encouraging. He was letting it go and he felt pretty good.”

deGrom left his April 28 start against the Yankees in the fourth inning with what was announced postgame as right forearm tightness. He went on the IL the following day after an MRI exam showed elbow inflammation. deGrom also left his start on April 17 against the Royals due to right wrist soreness, but he returned for his next scheduled outing against the A’s on April 23. (Last updated: May 26)

C (mild left knee sprain)
Expected return: Late May
Garver went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in his first rehab game with Triple-A Round Rock as the DH on May 23. Manager Bruce Bochy said Garver will DH the first two games, then the plan is to have him catch the third game of the assignment.

Garver tweaked his left knee while running from first to second on a ground ball during the April 8 game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The team sent him for an MRI exam that revealed a mild knee sprain, but he said he was feeling better each day and expects to return soon. (Last updated: May 24)

OF Travis Jankowski (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: Late May
Jankowski went 0-for-3 in the five innings he played as Triple-A Round Rock's center fielder on May 23, marking the start of his rehab assignment. Manager Bruce Bochy said it was "questionable" that Jankowski could return during the Rangers' weekend series in Baltimore on May 26-28.

Jankowski left the May 7 series finale against the Angels with right hamstring tightness. He is hitting .309 with five doubles, one triple, nine RBIs and five stolen bases in 25 games so far this season. (Last updated: May 24)

60-day IL

RHP (sprained right shoulder capsule)
Expected return: Late May at the earliest
Otto has been throwing and has "come along fine," per manager Bruce Bochy, as he nears his 60 days being up on May 28.

The righty was scheduled to start on March 18 against the Angels, but he was scratched after experiencing "right lat tightness" when warming up in the bullpen. General manager Chris Young said after an MRI exam that the injury was actually a sprained shoulder capsule.

Otto was competing for a spot in Texas' bullpen after the club's offseason additions pushed him down the rotation depth chart. He has allowed 11 runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring. (Last updated: May 24)

RHP (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: TBD
Howard made just two Cactus League appearances this spring, allowing two runs in four innings, before being shut down with a shoulder injury. General manager Chris Young said prior to the start of the regular season that Howard was back throwing and making good progress, but he experienced a setback in recent weeks, leading to his transfer to the 60-day IL on April 10. (Last updated: April 10)

RHP (right shoulder fatigue)
Expected return: 2024
Odorizzi will miss the entire 2023 season after undergoing an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder. The right-hander entered camp with shoulder fatigue and did not throw against live batters at all this spring. General manager Chris Young said that, after continued evaluation, team physician Dr. Keith Meister decided they had exhausted all non-surgical options for his rehab. (Last updated: April 7)

LHP (left shoulder)
Expected return: Mid-2023
Martin’s health was addressed during the salary negotiation in arbitration; he underwent surgery on his left shoulder in late January. The timeline for his return is unclear, but he is expected to miss some of the 2023 season.

Martin posted a 4.14 ERA out of the bullpen in 2022, but he landed on the IL with a strained left shoulder in late September. He was moved to the 60-day IL on Feb. 17 to make room for outfielder Robbie Grossman on the 40-man roster. Martin last pitched on Sept. 16. (Last updated: Feb. 25)