ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers haven’t finalized their rotation for the weekend series in Cleveland, particularly Friday night’s starter.
It could be Nick Tepesch, but inflammation in his left knee forced him out of his start on Saturday night. Manager Ron Washington said Tepesch’s bullpen session will determine a lot.
“You want to see how he does,” Washington said of Tepesch. “He’s got to get through his bullpen and not have any issues afterwards.”
The Rangers could also use Jerome Williams, who earned a victory on Friday night against the Athletics. Of course, Miles Mikolas, Sunday’s starter, could take the turn as well on his normal four days rest.
“We’ll know more Wednesday and see how we’ll set it up,” Washington said.
Arencibia keeps swinging: First baseman J.P. Arencibia is improving in the field and continues to have ups and downs at the plate. He struck out twice, swinging, with men on base in Sunday’s loss to the Athletics.
Arencibia is 2-for-10 on this six-game home stand but has four RBIs in the last six games and seven of the Rangers' 26 RBIs in the second half of the year belong to him.
“It’s part of the game, it’s why that guy is an All-Star,” Arencibia said of Oakland pitcher Scott Kazmir, who recorded both strikeouts on Arencibia. “It’s going to happen to the best players in baseball and it happens to everybody.”
Arencibia was back in the lineup for Monday’s game against the New York Yankees and batting sixth.
Williams waits his turn: After a solid outing on Saturday night, Williams continues to wait for his time. Williams said he’s available in a relief appearance starting Monday night or he can get another start.
“I have no clue,” Williams said regarding his role. “Just playing it by ear. It doesn’t matter as long as I go out and perform. I’ve been doing the same thing the last three years. I know the rules, I just want to help the team as best as possible.”
Williams allowed one run on five hits in six innings of work as a spot starter while Tepesch was given an extra day of rest because he was an emergency reliever.
Base Hits: The Rangers enter the game having dropped 17 ½ games in the standings since June 17. The Rangers went from seven games out to 24 ½ behind the first-place A’s in the AL West. ... The Rangers have won their three series openers in the second half of the season.