Recent injury news has the Rangers concerned about the health of starter Andrew Cashner. The team has announced that Cashner won’t be ready for Opening Day. That means someone else will have to step up and take his spot in the rotation.
Currently multiple pitchers are battling for the last few spots in the Texas Rangers rotation. Veteran right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee could be the pitcher to take over in Cashner’s absence. The team signed Gee to a minor-league deal over the off-season.
Gee most recently pitched with the Kansas City Royals in 2016. He went 8-9 4.68 ERA in 33 games (14 starts) in KC. Gee was forced to miss the end of last season with an injury, but looks healthy this spring.
In Spring Training Gee has been impressive through his first two outings. He pitched four innings, allowing just one earned run, and struck out four batters. If he continues this success he could find his way in the Arlington rotation.
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Many of the Rangers starters have struggled this spring, but Gee has been a huge bright spot. Gee is a seven-year Major League veteran that could add a special presence to the Texas rotation. He was a career 5.0 WAR, and saw multiple successful seasons with the New York Mets.
It’s early in spring, but both Gee and Chi Chi Gonzalez have put up impressive performances. Cashner will start the season on the disabled list, and A.J. Griffin has struggled heavily. That means that Gee and Gonzalez could grab the No. 4 and 5 spot in the rotation if they continue to succeed in spring training.