Injuries & Moves: Snyder up, Sborz optioned

May 20th, 2022

Keep track of the Rangers’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

May 20: RHP Nick Snyder recalled, RHP Josh Sborz optioned to Triple-A Round Rock
Snyder allowed two runs over one inning of work in two games in his first stint with the Rangers in April. In 10 Triple-A appearances this season, the flame-throwing right-hander has yet to allow a run over 8 2/3 innings. He also has one save, four walks, 12 strikeouts, a 0.92 WHIP and a .138 opponents’ batting average.

Sbroz was optioned after allowing three runs over 1 1/3 innings in the loss to Houston on May 19. He’s allowed 10 runs over eight games (8 1/3 innings) in three stints with the big league club this season. -- Kennedi Landry

May 19: C  activated from 10-day IL; UTL  optioned to Triple-A Round Rock
Garver was on the 10-day IL from May 9-18 with a right forearm flexor muscle strain. In two rehab assignment games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, he went a combined 1-for-5 with three walks. Before his injury, the catcher was hitting .205 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 22 games. Garver is expected to DH for the foreseeable future and has not yet started a throwing program. There’s no timetable for Garver’s return behind the plate or at any other position until he is cleared to throw. Solak hit .209 with two home runs and three RBIs in 26 games for the Rangers this season. -- Kennedi Landry

May 19: INF Matt Carpenter released
The Rangers released Carpenter from Triple-A Round Rock and he is now a free agent. The 10-year MLB veteran signed with the club this offseason on a Minor League deal hoping to make the roster out of camp. When he didn’t, he accepted an assignment to Triple-A, hoping to prove he still had some left in the tank. He slashed .275/.379/.613 with six homers in 21 games for the Express, but Texas believed there was a lack of opportunity at the big league level with Nathaniel Lowe holding down the majority of first base reps. The two sides came to a mutual agreement to part ways. -- Kennedi Landry

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

RHP Albert Abreu (left ankle sprain)
Expected return:
Late May
Abreu will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock later this week. The Rangers placed Abreu on the 15-day IL with a sprained left ankle to make room for Jon Gray on the active roster when he returned from the injured list earlier in the month. He logged a 3.52 ERA before the injury -- Kennedi Landry (Last updated: May 16)

RHP Spencer Patton (right oblique strain)
Expected return:
Early May
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said the oblique had been bothering Patton for a while and he’s been pitching through it. He may be ready to return to the active roster before the 10 days, but the bullpen couldn’t afford to have him unavailable with an upcoming stretch of games against Houston and Atlanta and no off-days. He has posted a 3.86 ERA over seven relief outings this season. -- Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 24)

60-day IL

RHP Jonathan Hernández (elbow)
Expected return: Midseason
Hernández was one of the Rangers' top relief pitchers in 2020 and was due to anchor the back of the bullpen last year before he was shut down with a UCL injury early in camp. He underwent Tommy John surgery in April and didn’t pitch in ‘21. He started the season on the 60-day IL and should be set to return after the All-Star break. -- Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 16)

RHP (elbow)
Expected return: Midseason
Jonathan Hernández and Leclerc are in similar spots and had surgery roughly two weeks apart last spring. Leclerc is just a week or two ahead of Hernández in his throwing program, but he also seems to be progressing well through it. Leclerc was set to be the Rangers' closer in 2021 and could return to that role during the back half of the season if all goes well during the rehab process. The club hoped to avoid placing him on the 60-day IL, since he could be cleared to pitch before he was eligible, but was unable to do so with the roster crunch out of camp. -- Kennedi Landry (Last updated: April 7)