Injuries & Moves: Seager starts at SS Sat.; Scherzer set for rehab start

June 15th, 2024

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June 15: SS back at shortstop; IF misses second straight start
Seager played back-to-back games for the first time since returning from the injured list, and got back in the field at shortstop Saturday for the first time since June 5.

Prior to Friday’s series opener in Seattle, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said he hoped for Seager to return to the field by the end of the set, making Saturday an early return.

“He feels good, wants to play short,” Bochy said. “It was good news.”

Prior to Saturday’s game, Smith said that he’s been dealing with tightness in his glute and hamstring for about a week. Coming into Saturday, he’d only started two of the first four games of Texas’ road trip, but came in as a pinch-hitter in the other two.

Smith has appeared in 67 straight games for the Rangers after not playing Opening Day, and Bochy said that he’d be available off the bench Saturday as well.

June 15: RHP to make rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock
Scherzer was set to throw 70-75 pitches Saturday in Round Rock’s game against Tacoma, according to Rangers manager Bruce Bochy. Depending on how Scherzer feels coming out of the start, it could be his final rehab appearance before returning to the Major League squad next week.

Scherzer last threw in a Major League game on Sept. 12. He’s made two rehab starts this season, first after returning from offseason surgery to repair a herniated disk, then after thumb soreness and nerve inflammation that caused the Rangers to shut him down again.

June 15: C placed on paternity list; C Sam Huff recalled
Heim returned home early from Seattle to join wife Mackenzie for the birth of their third child, a boy named Champ.

To fill his spot, the Rangers brought Huff in for his second stint in the big leagues this season. Huff, Texas’ seventh-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, has appeared in one game with the Rangers in 2024, as a defensive replacement on April 20. He’s hit .244 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs with Triple-A Round Rock this season.

June 14: CF signed to Minor League contract
Hill elected free agency after the Rangers designated him for assignment on June 7 and outrighted him to Triple-A four days later.

After Friday's game in Seattle, the Rangers signed him to a Minor League deal and assigned him to Round Rock.

Hill, who came to Texas as a free agent in December, went 2-for-9 in five games for the Rangers. He hit .333 in 34 games in Triple-A, with eight home runs and a 1.046 OPS.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP (right rotator cuff strain)
Expected return: TBD
Manager Bruce Bochy said that Sborz would begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A Round Rock on June 16, after he threw a live batting practice earlier in the week.

Sborz exited Game 2 of a doubleheader against the A’s on May 8 with right shoulder tightness after throwing eight pitches, seven of which were balls. His velocity was down 3-4 mph across all of his pitches as well. Sborz already spent time on the IL earlier this season with a right rotator cuff strain. (Last updated: June 14)

OF (lower back soreness)
Expected return: July
Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said on June 4 that Carter’s back injury is a little worse than they thought. They initially thought lower back tightness for Carter is now being classified as a stress reaction, according to Bochy. The rookie outfielder may miss another month or more as he recovers.

Carter missed seven games from May 11-17 with back soreness, but returned without an IL stint initially. He missed time in the Minors with a stress fracture in his back in 2021, so the Rangers have been cautious with him.

Bochy believes that the injury has been bothering Carter more than he let on, and that’s affected his performance at the plate, where he hit just .095/.156/.143 over his last 15 games. (Last updated: June 4)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP (herniated disk and right thumb soreness)
Expected return: Late June
Scherzer threw 53 pitches in a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on June 9, striking out five over four scoreless innings. He's set to make another start for the Express on June 15, according to Rangers manager Bruce Bochy.

He initially returned earlier than expected from offseason surgery to repair a herniated disk, and even went on one rehab assignment with Round Rock, but thumb soreness and nerve inflammation caused the Rangers to shut him down again.

On May 15, Scherzer said he had been experiencing nerve pain in his right triceps and forearm. He said he had received injections to “calm” the nerve inflammation. (Last updated: June 14)

RHP (right UCL repair surgery)
Expected return: Late July
Mahle threw live batting practice on June 12, and he is scheduled to take a week off before throwing one or two more live BP sessions, after which he will go on a rehab assignment.

Mahle underwent Tommy John surgery when he was with the Twins last May, and the Rangers signed him to a two-year, $22 million deal this offseason. The injury ruined a promising 2023 season with Minnesota, as Mahle posted a 3.16 ERA with 28 strikeouts over five starts. Mahle was officially moved to the 60-day IL at the start of the regular season. (Last updated: June 5)

3B (right wrist fracture)
Expected return: Late June
Jung faced right-hander Tyler Mahle in live batting practice on June 12, and he will head to Triple-A Round Rock to continue taking live batting practice against other rehabbing pitchers before he officially begins a rehab assignment.

Rangers general manager Chris Young said Jung had successful surgery on his fractured wrist on April 2, but when the surgeon went in for the procedure, Jung's wrist revealed a bit more extensive damage than they were hoping. While the initial timeline after X-rays showed around six weeks of recovery time, after surgery, Jung is looking closer to between eight and 10 weeks, Young said. Jung was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 8.

Jung was removed from the Rangers’ 9-3 win over the Rays on April 1 at Tropicana Field after being hit by a pitch on his right hand as he swung at it. Manager Bruce Bochy said postgame that scans quickly revealed a fractured wrist. Jung missed six weeks last season with a fractured left thumb. In his first four games of 2024, Jung went 7-for-17 with two walks, one double, one triple and two homers. (Last updated: June 12)

LHP (lower back strain/stress fracture on rib)
Expected return: June
Bradford has begun throwing from about 120 feet, he said on June 5. The left-hander emphasized that he feels like he’s recovering much better than he was before his most recent shutdown and he should begin long tossing soon.

He originally landed on the injured list with a lower back strain after he was unable to throw a bullpen between starts. The initial plan was for him to miss the minimum 15 days, but after further evaluations, doctors found a “very small” stress fracture on the 12th rib on the right side, according to manager Bruce Bochy. There is still no firm timeline, but Bradford believes he’s well on his way back to the mound.

The 26-year-old lefty had been Texas' best starter on the young season, having gone 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his first three starts. (Last updated: June 5)

INF (left oblique strain)
Expected return: TBD
According to the MLB transactions page, Foscue was assigned to the Arizona Complex League on a rehab assignment on June 5. The infielder, who collected his first MLB hit and RBI in the Rangers’ loss to the Astros on April 7, felt something during that swing and was evaluated the following day. The training staff is still evaluating the severity of the injury. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 13. (Last updated: June 5)

RHP (right knee medial meniscus injury)
Expected return: TBD
In another blow to the Rangers' bullpen depth, Pruitt landed on the injured list after being evaluated at the beginning of the club’s nine-game homestand that started on April 23. He has posted a 12.46 ERA across four relief appearances for Texas this season.

Pruitt was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 21. (Last updated: May 21)

LHP (broken right hand)
Expected return: TBA
Burke broke his non-throwing hand on April 12 following a rough outing against the Astros in which he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He punched a wall in frustration after he was removed from the game, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

“It was a bit of frustration,” Bochy said. “We wanted our guys to be competitive. But with that passion, there's a fine edge. When you cross that line, there's going to be consequences.”

The Rangers’ Rookie of the Year as voted on by the DFW chapter of the BBWAA in 2022, Burke has struggled over the past year. After a ‘22 season in which he posted a 1.97 ERA over 82 1/3 innings, he followed with a 4.37 ERA in 59 2/3 innings in ‘23. Over his first five relief appearances this season, he struggled to the tune of a 15.00 ERA. He was moved to the 60-day IL on April 18. (Last updated: April 18)

RHP (right UCL repair surgery)
Expected return: After the All-Star break
deGrom began playing catch on Feb. 12 and resumed again on the first official day of workouts on Feb. 14 -- just under eight months after the surgery to repair a torn right UCL that ended his 2023 season. It was the second similar operation for the 35-year-old deGrom, who had Tommy John surgery following his first professional season in 2010.

General manager Chris Young pointed out that timelines are fluid when it comes to injuries, but he also said the ace is progressing well in his rehab with an eye on returning around August.

deGrom was officially transferred to the 60-day injured list on March 22. (Last updated: March 22)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: July
Coleman was selected by the Rangers in the 2023 Rule 5 Draft from the Yankees. He did not pitch in 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 2022, Coleman was named the Eastern League “Reliever of the Year” after going 2-3 with 15 saves and a 2.86 ERA across 35 relief appearances for Double-A Somerset. (Last updated: March 9)