Texas Rangers: Taylor Hearn Goes Down with Elbow Injury
By Kenneth Nash
After making his MLB debut on Thursday, Taylor Hearn was diagnosed with an arm injury that’ll see him out of action for a few weeks.
Left-hander Taylor Hearn got his big league career off to a rough start after getting making his debut on Thursday. The Royse City native recorded just a single out in his first start surrendering 3 hits, 5 runs and 4 walks on 39 total pitches. It was a debut to forget for the #11 prospect in the Texas Rangers organization.
Shortly after his debut though, Hearn hit the Injured List and had an MRI on his pitching elbow that revealed inflammation. The good news is that Hearn won’t have to undergo surgery and avoided major damage but this injury does mean he’ll be out of commission for the better part of the next month.
In Triple-A, Hearn was given the Opening Day start and has been the de facto ace for the Nashville Sounds since. He’s made 4 starts and posts a 1-3 record. His 4.05 ERA isn’t the most eye-popping but he’s racked up an impressive 26 strikeouts and has opponents hitting just .200 so far.
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Expectations were and still are high for Taylor Hearn who was acquired in the deal that sent Keone Kela to the Pittsburgh Pirates. While his first start in the bigs wasn’t anything to be excited about, it is comforting to remember that nobody thought Hearn had any business being with the big league club at this part of the season anyway. Thoughts were that Hearn would get to Arlington sometime late this year like late August or early September but the Rangers dismal rotation situation prompted the call-up.
Hopefully, Hearn won’t suffer any setbacks and can stick to the 3-week timetable initially laid out. Then he should return to Triple-A Nashville and continue to develop as a part of their rotation and get the chance to be fully prepared for his next appearance with the Texas Rangers.