Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss at least the first half of the season, as The Associated Press writes. The veteran is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.
Scheppers, 29, was a staple in the Rangers’ bullpen in 2013, pitching to a 1.88 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 across 76 appearances. However, injuries have slowed him down ever since. In 2014, Scheppers made only four starts and four relief appearances thanks to right elbow inflammation. In 2015, the reliever was hampered by his knee and a sprained right ankle, limiting him to only 42 outings and production that was not in line with his career best. In total, he posted a 5.63 ERA with 7. 5 K/9 and a sky-high 5.4 BB/9.
Scheppers was drafted by the Rangers in the first round (44th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft. He is not scheduled to reach arbitration until after the 2016 season and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season.