The Texas Rangers have seen their pitching depth take a bit of a hit. Right-hander Andrew Cashner has suffered a setback in his recovery from bicep tendinitis and is expected to be shut down for a few days and will not be ready to go on Opening Day per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Rangers inked Cashner to a one-year, $10MM deal in the offseason to help shore up their pitching rotation, which was riddled with injuries throughout last season.
Cashner’s injury puts the rotation in a similar situation as last year. With Cashner on the shelf for a while, the Rangers are reportedly considering scooping up one of the remaining veteran starting pitchers on the free agent market such as Colby Lewis and Doug Fister. Both are still unsigned at this point and are searching for new teams. T
he Rangers seem more likely to try and bring back Lewis, whom pitched for the club for nine seasons before not being brought back after hitting the free agent market. Thankfully there is still plenty of time left in the spring for the Rangers to consider other options for their rotation.