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The Sunday Read: Injuries may produce World Series-like bullpen in second half

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To quickly summarize the events of the past few days:

The Rangers signed right-hander Tyler Mahle, who won’t be ready to pitch until the summer as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

That same day, though revealed the next day, three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer underwent back surgery and won’t be ready to pitch until the summer.

Right-hander Jacob deGrom will begin throwing in a few weeks and should be ready in the summer after completing his rehab from Tommy John.

Now, that’s some news, and not much of it was good.

Lost in the knee-jerking that followed was that by the time the Rangers get to the final two months of their defense of their World Series title, their bullpen could look a lot like it did during the 2023 postseason run.

That worked out pretty well.

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. Bennie December 17, 2023

    Scherzer should be one of those going to the bullpen. He is too fragile at this point to have in the rotation.

  2. vteverett@msn.com December 17, 2023

    Cole Winn will make the opening day roster! You heard it here first!!


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