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Jacob deGrom feels fine after first Rangers bullpen session. Can he catch up by Opening Day?

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jacob deGrom might very well not be on the mound March 30 when the Rangers open their 2023 campaign against the Phillies.

The Rangers have a history of rewarding pitchers who earn the start the previous season, and it’s really hard to say that left-hander Martin Perez didn’t earn it.

That decision will be announced around mid-March. As of Thursday, deGrom is back on track in case he’s the choice.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger February 25, 2023

    If the worst pitcher on the staff gets to start opening day, it would be a tragedy. A guy with a 2.52 career ERA should be starting opening day, not a fluke who got luck and still has a career 4.43 ERA. Even thinking about that possibility infuriates me. Perez should be the number 5. At worst, he should certainly not be in the top 2 and probably top 3 either. deGrom, Eovaldi, Heaney, Gray, and Perez would be my rotation. Switching lefties is absurd in my opinion, and they still can with Heaney before Gray and Perez after him, but I know they are likely to fawn over a failed former top prospect who got lucky last year. I fear he will be number 2 if they are doing the R/L thing.


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