Texas Rangers Notes: Andrew Cashner Making First Start

Andrew Cashner will step on the mound for the first time as a member of the Texas Rangers tonight.

The Texas Rangers needed space on their roster in order to play Andrew Cashner; this meant that Nick Martínez and Tanner Scheppers were sent to Triple-A, as reported by Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Scheppers was the starter three years ago in the Rangers’ opening day of 2014 season.

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Scheppers, who recently turned 30, was the Texas Rangers’ first pick in the 2009 draft. After an outstanding season which saw his efforts turn into an 1.88 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 76 and 2/3 innings pitched in 2013, he went on to become his team’s main starter on the subsequent season, but knee and elbow injuries have diminished his chances of being active on the field for regular spells, which has meant he has only managed 60 appearances in the last three years. Only four of those 60 gmes have seen him starting a game. 

This took a heavy toll on Scheppers, as he lost his spot on the 40-man roster and was sent to the Triple-A upon activation from the disabled list, in order to free up some room for the recently acquired pitcher in the offseason. He’ll have to work his way up, from there, back to the big leagues again, as it appears that he isn't in the team's plans at the moment.

Cashner was supposed to start last week for his third team in the past year after spending five years under the patronage of the San Diego Padres, before being traded to the Miami Marlins and subsequently becoming a free agent, but he started the season on the disabled list, as he suffered a bicep injury while at the Spring Training. That made tonight (Saturday) his first appearance as a Ranger.

Martinez, on the other hand, was sent back to the Triple-A without even throwing a pitch in 2017. The right-handed pitcher was summoned to the squad last Wednesday in case Cashner wasn’t ready to face the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, but since he was indeed ready, his presence wasn’t finally needed in Jeff Banister’s bullpen.


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