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Tuesday newsletter time: Rangers plot next step for Max Scherzer

(Rangers Today/Jeff Wilson)

 

ARLINGTON — Max Scherzer’s next start will not be in the major leagues.

The three-time Cy Young winner is tentatively scheduled to start Friday for Triple A Round Rock at Dell Diamond, a baseball source said. Plans could change, as Double A Frisco is also home, but the Rangers would like to see Scherzer build on the 53 pitches he threw Sunday over four scoreless innings.

The right-hander walked one and struck out five.

The Rangers want to see Scherzer have similar success while adding 20-plus pitches to his pitch count. Once in the 75- to 80-pitch range, Scherzer could return to the rotation as soon as June 19 at Globe Life Field on normal rest against his former team, the Mets. The Rangers also could wait until June 21 against the Royals.

Scherzer cruised Sunday for Round Rock at Oklahoma City. He threw 70 percent of his pitches for strikes, and he threw six different pitches. He leaned on his fastball, cutter and slider and worked to get his changeup dialed in.

Most importantly, he didn’t report any issues with the nerve problem in his hand that pulled him off of his initial rehab assignment last month after offseason back surgery. If nothing popped up Monday, he could throw his normal between-starts bullpen session today.

The Rangers are expected to insert Jon Gray into the rotation Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series against the Dodgers. Barring the Rangers going with a six-man rotation, someone will lose a rotation spot.

When/if Scherzer is activated, another starter will be headed to the bullpen.

Seager ready?

Corey Seager doesn’t like talking about himself, and that includes when he is injured.

The shortstop, who exited Wednesday’s game in the second inning with left hamstring tightness, missed all three weekend games against the Giants but did some running on the field before each game.

On Sunday, he said that he felt OK, that he could probably pinch hit but that he had no idea when he would be in the lineup again because it’s not up to him.

Well, it’s not entirely up to him. The sense here is that if he told manager Bruce Bochy that he was ready to play, he’d play.

The sense here is also that Seager wants to play against the Dodgers, his former team at their ballpark. He returned in 2022 for the All-Star Game, but the Rangers will be making their first trip to Dodger Stadium since signing Seager to a 10-year, $325 million contract after the 2021 season.

Bochy has the option of using Seager at designated hitter. Similar to how Adrian Beltre managed various leg injuries, don’t expect Seager to be high-tailing it down the line for a few weeks.

Despite his conversation Sunday with writers, expect Seager back this series. Maybe even today.

Ballpark living

If you’re not familiar with One Rangers Way, you’re going to be hearing a lot about it over the next six months.

One Rangers Way is the residential component of the Arlington Entertainment District, tucked across the street from Choctaw Stadium and about a par 5 away from Globe Life Field.

The topping-off ceremony for the 300-unit luxury-apartment building was held Monday morning. One Rangers Way will have a heavy Rangers presence besides the name.

The floor plans are named after impactful people from the Rangers’ past. Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Sundberg and Toby Harrah, for example, all have floor plans in their honor, and each was on hand for the presser.

One Rangers Way, which is a new partner with Rangers Today, is scheduled for a January completion, and leasing is now open. Models are located inside Choctaw Stadium and at Texas Live!

Doggy video!

Who needs the training here? Enjoy!

Watch today’s video here.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

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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4 Comments

  1. awolford10@yahoo.com June 11, 2024

    Jeff – any updates on Brock Porter? Is he in a dark lab in Surprise?

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    1. Jeff Wilson June 11, 2024

      Still in Arizona. He’s been assigned to the ACL roster but hasn’t pitched. Here’s a poorly clipped (by me) video of Jordan Tiegs talking Porter from our minor-league show a couple of weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/JgYM8uC4GfE

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  2. Andy Saulitis June 12, 2024

    Hi Jeff – do you know if there is a rough time frame around Mahle and Bradford coming back to the big league team?

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    1. Jeff Wilson June 12, 2024

      Both will be after the All-Star break. Mahle has three more live BPs (one today) before he goes on a rehab assignment, and that will take around a month. Bradford is long-tossing, will have to throw bullpen sessions and then live BP before he goes on a long rehab assignment. His might be shorter because he will be a reliever when he comes back.

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