Faulkner recalled, Ranaudo sent to Triple-A

May 11th, 2016

ARLINGTON -- Andrew Faulkner is back in the big leagues, Derek Holland is getting pushed back in the rotation and A.J. Griffin received promising news from the doctor.

Here is the latest on the Rangers' pitching before Wednesday's 6-5 win over the White Sox:

• Holland said the one-hour, 18-minute rain delay was no excuse for his performance on Tuesday night. Holland allowed one run in the first two innings before the delay. When play resumed, Holland gave up four runs and couldn't get through the third.

"I told everybody I was ready to go," Holland said. "I was…I just didn't have the accuracy. The rain came. That's part of the game. I've got to make sure I'm ready to go. The rain was not a factor. I came back, wasn't as sharp and it cost me."

• Holland's next start on four days' rest would fall on Sunday against the Blue Jays. The Rangers are going to move him back to Monday instead. Cesar Ramos, who is in the bullpen, is the leading candidate to start on Sunday.

• Ramos would be filling in for fifth starter Griffin, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. An MRI showed no structural damage, and Griffin will be able to resume throwing when the inflammation subsides. The earliest Griffin could return to the rotation would be on May 24 against the Angels.

• The Rangers called up left-hander Faulkner from Triple-A Round Rock and sent down right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. Faulkner made the Opening Day roster, but he was sent down after an 8.31 ERA in five appearances. The Rangers wanted him to "reset" at Round Rock, where he posted a 1.42 ERA in six outings there. Manager Jeff Banister said the Rangers are hoping to get Faulkner more regular work this time around and to get him to slow down on the mound.

"Just the rhythm and the delivery, it looked a little rushed," Banister said. "A little more urgent than what we saw in Spring Training and last year."

• Ranaudo walked five in the third inning on Tuesday, and the Rangers issued seven total in the game. They went into Wednesday's game leading the American League in walks, and Banister made it clear that's unacceptable.

"The walks as a whole for us, if you ask the entire group, it's entirely unacceptable," Banister said. "We won't continue to play winning baseball at our current walk rate. It's something we have to clean up. You are never going to eliminate walks, but you've got to limit them. I've said it before, 'You never come to the ballpark without something to work on.'

"We have something to work on."

• Reliever Tanner Scheppers, who is recovering from left knee surgery, has stretched out his long toss throwing to 105 feet. He is hoping to start throwing off the mound by the beginning of June with the goal of being ready after the All-Star break.

• Designated hitter Prince Fielder was in the No. 5 spot for the second straight game on Wednesday. He had never batted below the No. 4 spot in three seasons with the Rangers before Tuesday. Nomar Mazara got his first start in the No. 3 hole.

• Ryan Rua's eighth-inning home run on Tuesday was the first by a Ranger with the team trailing in the eighth or later to take the lead since Josh Hamilton's walk-off two-run blast on May 26, 2012, against the Blue Jays.