“You don’t want it to come to this, but we’ve done everything we can,” Niemann said. “It’s gotten us this far, but we just kind of needed a little boost to get all the way back, so unfortunately we had to make that tough choice and it was really the only option out there.”
Niemann will have surgery this morning at the Trinity Park Surgery Center in Arlington.
“I know when he comes back and pitches he’s going to do it with a free and clear mind,” manager
Niemann, who lost out on the final spot of the rotation this spring to RHP
“In the bullpen you have to be ready every day, and my attempts to be able to throw a ball and be loose and warm and have the body ready to go pitch had no recovery time. It went downhill so fast,” he said. “It was the first time we experienced any backtracking at all during this time.”
Niemann said he talked to former Rays LHP
Watching Howell return to the majors is proof that Niemann can do the same.
“We have to be excited about coming back with a clean shoulder and see what we’re able to do,” Niemann said.
Remember me? LHP
“I’d say just because of the stage and what it meant to the team, probably my best game ever,” Moore said.
That was Moore’s second start as a big-league pitcher and fueled the high expectations that followed him in 2012 during his rookie season.
“It was just a matter of putting some good pitches down in the zone and trying to get out of innings as quick as possible,” he said.
Moore hopes to repeat his Rangers Ballpark success by building off his success in his first outing of the year when he pitched six scoreless innings against the Indians.
“That’s been my mindset this entire week preparing, just to stay with that tempo and stay with the things that were working for me (Friday),” he said.
Scott improving DH
As a result, Scott believes he’s farther along in his rehab. He took batting practice Tuesday afternoon and continued with running drills in the outfield.
“I’m encouraged,” Scott said.
The next step is running the bases and sprints. Scott said he feels he can play in a minor-league game or two during this 10-game road trip and return to the active roster when the Rays are on their next homestand.
Noteworthy Maddon signed a copy of Monday’s lineup card and sent it to Rangers RHP