ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tanner Scheppers felt discomfort in his pitching elbow long before the Texas Rangers went to spring training with a plan to turn the right-hander into a starter.
Scheppers finally said something after the fourth start of his big league career, and now he's headed to the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
Texas made the move Friday, a day after Scheppers gave up six runs in the shortest of his starts — 2 1-3 innings in an 8-6 win over Seattle.
General manager Jon Daniels said an MRI showed inflammation in the muscle and no structural damage to the ligament. Scheppers will take 10 days off, then start a throwing program.
Scheppers said the elbow didn't feel right as far back as the end of last season, when he led the team with 76 appearances in his second season in the bullpen.
"It's something that hasn't gotten better the way that we would like," said Scheppers, who is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA. "Right now we just want to step back, get healthy, because there's no point in pushing through something like this."
Texas replaced Scheppers by selecting the contract of left-hander Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers made room for Poreda on the 40-man roster by designating infielder Andy Parrino for assignment.
Left-hander Nick Martinez, who made his major league debut in a start earlier this month, will likely get called up from Double-A Frisco to take Scheppers' next turn in the rotation.
Scheppers was Texas' opening-day starter because Yu Darvish had a neck strain. Scheppers gave up six runs in the second inning of that game against Philadelphia and allowed six in the third inning against the Mariners on Thursday.
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