Day off gives launch staff a much-needed rest before doubleheader
CLEVELAND — For once, a doubleheader shouldn’t have a negative impact on Rangers shooting. With a day off Thursday before a series in Chicago, they’ll be able to keep all of their pitchers on at least four days off, with most getting an extra day.
Jon Gray, who was scheduled to start on Monday, will return to pitch Sunday’s game in Chicago for four days. Taylor Hearn, who was the original starter on Tuesday, is scheduled to face Houston on Monday in Game 1 of a three-game series. Manager Chris Woodward was expected to start Gray and Hearn in the doubleheader, keeping them in order. The club was meeting Monday night, however, to determine the order in which the pitchers would start on Tuesday.
With the exception of Garrett Richards and Kolby Allard, all of the other Rangers relievers appeared Saturday or Sunday against Seattle. Matt Moore, for example, pitched Saturday and Sunday, the first time he had worked back-to-back days. Brock Burke had thrown 23 pitches on Sunday, likely making him unavailable for Monday.
Briefly: INF-OF Brad Miller remains on track to be activated Friday, the first day he is eligible to return from a stint on the IL for a hip impingement. Rangers are still determining if he will go to rehab for a day or two. … Unsurprisingly, OF Eli White’s home run against Tampa Bay’s Ji-Man Choi last Monday was named MLB’s Electric Play of the Week. He is the second Ranger to earn this awareness this season. Adolis García won for his catch in Seattle in April.
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