Texas Rangers: the team that has found its power once again will be provided with some pitching pieces that could potentially pave the road to a World Series Championship.
The Texas Rangers have 3 notable pitchers that have been on the Disabled List for close to 60 days now and they should be able to contribute in some fashion once they return to the active roster.
Derek Holland has been on the 60-day DL with left shoulder inflammation and will be due back possibly on August 20th. He has been pitching on a Triple-A rehab assignment since August 5th. He looks to come in and take over the 5th starter role from either Lucas Harrell or A.J. Griffith, at least until Colby Lewis comes back.
That being said, Colby Lewis was put on the 60-day DL with a right lat strain and may be able to return sometime late in August. He has recently pitched a 30-pitch bullpen session on Aug. 13th and will be expected to throw a 40-pitch session Aug. 16th. Colby Lewis could look to walk into a starting spot once he comes back, he was the most consistent pitcher up until his injury this year. Not only that but Colby has a grit about how he plays that is contagious throughout the dugout that would be welcomed back.
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Tanner Scheppers is the last pitcher that is expected to be back around August at some point after recovering from left knee surgery in February. He is expected to begin a Double-A rehab assignment August 16th. If he is able to be effective then he could be an above average fresh arm to add to the bullpen just at a time where most other bullpens would be looking to rest their key pieces for a post-season run.
The return of the two starting pitchers would obviously be welcomed back with open arms since quality starts have led to the slumps that the Texas Rangers have endured during this year. With the team coming back to Texas and playing in 100+ temperature games, allowing the bullpen to stay fresh will be key as they try to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs.
The Texas Rangers have positioned themselves in a situation where anyone in the batting lineup can be the hero on any given day. Some effective pitching could relief some pressure that the bats may feel while they have been showing up in come from behind efforts.
This video is over the start just before the game that Colby Lewis had to leave because of his injury, if he is able to pitch anywhere near this performance then the Texas Rangers will have a good problem of having to many effective pitchers.
Ultimately the Texas Rangers could have a playoff rotation of Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, and Colby Lewis. This could be changed up a bit and if Lewis pitches the way he was before the injury then he could have that 3rd spot and Cole Hamels maybe would be ready for the 4th game. With this potential rotation and the power that they have throughout their whole lineup… the Texas Rangers could be Scary Good!