ARLINGTON -- The Rangers activated pitcher Koji Uehara off the disabled list and optioned pitcher Tanner Scheppers back to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday. Scheppers was 1-0 with a 4.56 ERA in 29 games for the Rangers since being called up on June 7. He had a 1.23 ERA in his last 18 games.Manager Ron Washington said Scheppers will be back in September when the rosters expand to 40 players. "Scheppers certainly made a good impression," Washington said. "But he has options. He's a piece that we certainly will have in the bullpen as we move forward into the future. He did a great job. He really did." The decision came down to Scheppers or Michael Kirkman. But the Rangers wanted Kirkman as their second left-hander in the bullpen behind Robbie Ross. "Hopefully he can throw the ball over the plate because his curve ball can play big time," Washington said of Kirkman. Uehara has been sidelined since June 10 with a strained muscle in his right rib cage. He had a 2.11 ERA in 20 appearances before going on the disabled list and pitched a pair of scoreless innings without problem for Round Rock on Tuesday and Friday. "I only have one month left in the regular season, so I'm hoping I can enjoy the rest of the season," Uehara said. "It all depends on the mental side of the game. As long as I'm confident, I feel like I will be at my best."
Darvish on pace to return Tuesday
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish threw 39 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday without problems and is good to go for his start on Tuesday against the Rays. Darvish has been dealing with a tight right quad muscle and was skipped in his last start against the Twins on Thursday."It feels very good," Darvish said after Sunday's bullpen session. "If I had to make that start, I was pretty sure I would have been able to do it. Everything went well today so it was the same physical preparation. With my delivery, I was able to do the same things I am normally able to do." Roy Oswalt replaced Darvish on Thursday but is now back in the bullpen as a long reliever. Oswalt is 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in five games this month. Rangers starters also went into Sunday's game with a record of 5-1 and a 2.85 ERA in the past seven games. Darvish goes into Tuesday's start with a record of 2-4 and a 6.60 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. The ERA is the ninth highest in the American League since the break. For the season, he is still fourth with 172 strikeouts going into Sunday and he has held opponents to a .233 batting average, the sixth lowest in the league. But he also has 80 walks, tied for the second most in the league.
Hernandez gets start with Young away until Monday
ARLINGTON -- Michael Young is expected to be back with the Rangers on Monday after missing three games due to paternity leave. Luis Hernandez was called up on Friday to fill Young's roster spot and on Sunday he got his first start at shortstop.Manager Ron Washington wanted to give Elvis Andrus a day off, so Hernandez was in the lineup. He is expected to return to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday when Young returns. Hernandez could be called up in September when the rosters expand to 40 players, but the Rangers haven't committed to that. They could bring back Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A to be their utility infielder, or they could go with Jurickson Profar, their top Minor League prospect who is at Double-A Frisco. "We'll decide what we're going to do when we have to make a decision," Washington said. "We've talked about it but we haven't made a decision." With Andrus out of the lineup and Young unavailable, Washington put Mitch Moreland in the No. 2 spot on Sunday. Moreland has played four games at the No. 2 spot in the lineup over the past three seasons. "I'll keep the same game plan," Moreland said. "I want to try to grind out at-bats, have good, quality at-bats and hit the ball hard." Moreland went into Sunday's game hitting .338 with five doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games since coming off the disabled list on July 30.
Olt expected against Price on Monday
ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Mike Olt is expected to be back in the lineup on Monday with left-hander David Price on the mound for the Rays. Olt has been dealing with a bout of plantar fasciitis in his right heel, but manager Ron Washington said he should be good to go on Monday."It was pretty bad but it's a lot better than it was a couple of days ago," Olt said. "When I wake up, it's easier to walk on." Olt is 4-for-22 since being called up from Double-A Round Rock, including 3-for-11 off of left-handers. He was not in the lineup on Saturday when the Rangers faced left-hander Brian Duensing. But Washington said that was because he wanted to give Mitch Moreland a chance to face a left-hander and not because Olt is limited by the inflammation in his heel.
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